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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

When It's Time to Call a Plumber

by Melvin Owens

Having a burst pipe in the home is not the only time you want to call a plumber and have them inspect and repair your home's pipes, as there are many other signs that your home has a water leak or other damage that should be addressed by a plumber. Ignoring these signs can mean larger repair bills down the road, as well as the risk of your home being damaged by mold, mildew, and the like. Note when it's time to call a plumber for inspection and repair work in your home.

1. Low water pressure

You may not need a new showerhead when you have low water pressure in the shower, as this can be the result of buildup in the pipes. In turn, the water is not flowing as freely as it should. Ignoring this buildup can mean eventual leaks as the water pushes behind the buildup, and this puts pressure on plumbing pipes and connectors. In turn, they may eventually give way, and leaks might form, or you might wind up with a burst pipe.

2. Rusted water heater

If you notice rust and corrosion along your home's water heater, note that this rust can eventually eat right through the pipes. Your water heater could then begin leaking, and you would be wasting water. This rust can also be making its way into the water heater itself so that you're showering and washing dishes with rusty water, which is very unhealthy.

3. Patches of very green grass

Patches of very green grass usually mean that there is additional water under those patches, which is often the result of a water leak. A septic tank leak can also work as something of a fertilizer for grass, so that it becomes greener in certain areas. Don't assume that your lawn is suddenly becoming healthier when you see these green patches, but call for a plumber to check for leaks and other problems in that area.

4. Bad smells

Bad smells coming up through your home's drains can mean that water is not flowing properly and your pipes are becoming backed up and clogged. You might also notice a bad smell outside your home, which could indicate a broken sewer line. It's good to call for a plumber when you first notice these smells and especially if they're accompanied by a slow drain, as this may mean that your home is about to experience a backwash of sewage, sludge, and the like.  

If you notice any of these problems, call a plumber. It's better to get it taken care of early before a major problem develops.