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5 Types of Plumbing Emergencies That Need Attention
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5 Types of Plumbing Emergencies That Need Attention

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Plumbing isn’t always about routine maintenance – some plumbing problems can’t wait. You might be hesitant about calling out a professional in the middle of the night, but that’s exactly what an emergency plumber in Melbourne is there for.

To avoid ruined carpets and crumbling plaster, here are five type of plumbing emergencies to keep in mind:

1. Blocked drains

The irregular occurring drain blockages are a common problem that can cause a lot of damage. Blocked bathroom drains or blocked laundry can turn a simple shower or a load of washing into a household emergency. To prevent extensive damage to your flooring, in these situations call a 24-hour plumber right away.

Bathrooms and laundries aren’t the only places to suffer, however. Other indoor drains such as the ones in the kitchen commonly experience blockages; kitchen drains often become clogged with fat deposits while other household drains become blocked with dirt and hair. Blocked outdoor drains pose a threat to the structure of your building or surroundings of your home and should be dealt with as soon as possible.

For comfort and safety, regular drain cleaning should be part of every household’s maintenance schedule. Make sure you pencil in time with your plumber for drain inspection on your calendar every year.

2. Sewage emergency

Blocked sewer drains are far from just unpleasant – the overflow that can be caused by a sewer drain blockage can pose a real health hazard inside a home. For that reason, sewage drain blockages are an emergency.

Thanks to modern plumbing techniques, overflow isn’t a common problem for a malfunctioning sewage system, but that doesn’t mean potential toilet problems should be put off. If your toilet isn’t draining the way it should be, or there is a strange drain noise or you suspect any other problems with your drainage system, call a plumber as soon as possible.

3. Broken water pipes

There are some types of water leaks that can be put off for a more convenient time – and some that absolutely can’t. Broken water pipes definitely come within the second category.

Pipes are built to withstand a lot of pressure, but every pipe – whether the old style of copper piping or the newer plastic version – has its weak points. Copper pipes can erode, particularly if they are old. Even newer copper pipes can crack or burst under pressure. Plastic plumbing won’t erode, but it can suffer damage from curious rodents who like to gnaw at plastic tubing, or fail at the flexible joints.

You might notice broken pipes because of water seeping down your walls, from your roof or under the floor. Leak detection requires a special set of investigative skills to get to the root of the problem. It’s best to call an expert plumber right away to minimise the damage.

4. Leaking water heaters

Whether you’re the property owner or a tenant, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the location of your water heater and its possible faults. Hot water heaters can suffer leaks from the relief valve, the anode or around the bottom seam so it’s important to know when it’s time to replace your water heater so the existing doesn’t cause further damage. If left unchecked, these leaks can cause damage to a home or building’s structure and should be dealt with immediately. A malfunctioning hot water system is also in danger of bursting, causing a far bigger problem than a simple leak.

If your hot water heater bursts, act quickly to shut off the cold water supply to stop water from travelling to the hot water feed pipe. It’s also wise to shut off the electricity supply to ensure the hot water tank’s heating element cools down. Once you’ve taken care of these first steps, contact a plumber for quick repairs that can hold you over until the system is replaced.

5. Hot water service breakdowns

There are emergencies that affect the safety of your home, and others that are simply a nuisance. Hot water heater problems can cause emergencies that won’t require a messy clean up if they simply stop working. If your hot water heater breaks down, don’t hesitate to call an emergency plumber – they’ll understand your need for a hot shower as much as anyone!

Water heaters should be maintained on a regular schedule. Not only can a routine check prevent these kinds of emergencies, but it can also extend the life of the system.

Any type of emergency affecting the plumbing in your home needs a rapid response, and here at Zabs Plumbing we can provide expert services around the clock. Contact us on 0448 177 762 for a quick assessment of your blocked drains, hot water systems or water leak today.

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