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What Counts as a Plumbing Emergency?

Oct 23, 2023

Plumbing problems should be dealt with swiftly, but not all of them are considered emergencies. Some can wait until the plumber shows up at a scheduled time, but how can you tell which plumbing issue is a true emergency and which ones are just inconveniences in the meantime?

Through our plumbing service in Santa Fe, NM, we’ve seen just about every type of plumbing repair you can imagine, so we can show you what a real plumbing emergency is like.


When Every Drain is Clogged at the Same Time

When a single drain is clogged, it’s not as big of a deal as you would think. It’s one problem, so it requires attention on that specific pipe. But when they all clog simultaneously? It ties into your sewer line.

Sewer lines can run into problems with clogs, but they can also run into issues with Mother Nature over time, such as tree roots burrowing their way into the pipe and causing damage.

When There’s Obvious Sewer Backup

Sewage is extremely harmful to your health, even if you just breathe it in. If your home has sewer backup, you’ll know based solely on the smell before you even locate the issue.

Backup in the form of liquid waste is an absolute emergency, and requires an immediate call to the plumbers. The most common cause of sewer backups is clogged drains, which we have the tools to help unclog.

When There’s Zero Water From Your Tap

You should have access to clean, running water 100% of the time. But if you turn on your faucets, dishwasher, or shower and there’s nothing coming out at all, that’s a big issue. It means there’s likely a burst pipe coming from your water main somewhere.

When water escapes from the main line, it reduces pressure and prevents it from reaching the end of your pipes. Full loss of water, or even just water pressure, is a cause for concern.

Frozen or Burst Pipes

If your pipes freeze, they’re likely to burst. The power that expanding water has is stronger than any pipe can handle, especially when there’s expansion along your whole pipe. When that ice thaws, water will flow and you’ll be treading water in your home or on your property.

This is one of the big emergencies that need to be prioritized before massive damage to your home or yard occurs. We’ll get out to you as quickly as possible if this happens and help in any way possible.

Call the Plumbing Experts

Whether it’s one of the emergencies listed on this page or it’s a routine problem, we’re here to help you through the entire ordeal. Contact us today to get emergency repair services or schedule an upcoming service. No matter what, we’ll restore your plumbing and get your house back on track.

Contact us today as soon as possible if you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, and we’ll do our best to get out to you quickly.

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