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Although property can be damaged from a plumbing emergency like flooding or backed up sewer, there are also dangers like electrical shock and other health hazards associated with your plumbing and sewer system. Calling a professional in these situations is always best.
Commercial Plumbing Emergencies
Plumbing is the one part of a commercial or larger residential building that needs to run perfectly. When it is not, it's not only inconvenient, it can be unhealthy and costly. While some property managers may have a handyman on staff, It is much better to call a licensed Las Vegas plumber that can properly diagnose the problem and who also offers emergency services, so your tenants or customers don't have to wait around. When the plumbing stops working in a restaurant for example, the business comes to a halt, so it's best to get it fixed fast and right the first time.
Water Line Break Emergencies
If you find you have a water leak, the first thing to do is to turn off the water supply. If you don't know where it is or how to turn it off, find out where the water shut-off valve is. If you rent a house or apartment to someone else, make sure they know where the valve is.
If your main water line breaks, you need to shut off the main valve as well as the water supply to each fixture. This could be an important first step to avoiding major water damage in your home or office. The main water valve is usually in the basement or in a crawl space on the outside of the house near the front. It could also be in a garage or near the water heater.
Each individual fixture also has a turn-off valve called a stop. They should be turned off asap in the event of a water main break. Sometimes, these stops get stuck and will not turn. This is why it's important to have plumbing maintenance done to check these valves and make sure they are in good working order when you need them.
Water Heater Emergencies
Trying to fix a water heater problem yourself is not a good idea. Even if you are successful in troubleshooting a problem, you may miss and not address any long-term issues. For example, if you have a leaking water heater, stopping the leak is essential. However, any water that has leaked out could be hidden in floors and walls, creating an environment for mold and mildew to grow, causing potentially serious health issues.
Most water heaters will last for years, but regular maintenance from a licensed plumber will help them run more efficiently and longer. You may not realize at first that your water heater needs help, but there are some signs that indicate you should call a plumber immediately.
- Leaking Water Heater Tank: Could be a number of issues best handled by a licensed professional plumber in Las Vegas.
- No Hot Water: One of the elements in the heater may need replacement if it stops giving hot water.
- Rust Colored Water: Rust colored water coming from a faucet or shower is a sign that sediment has accumulated at the bottom of the water heater tank. Call a plumber.
If your toilet overflow or will not flush properly in addition to other drains not working, you could have a main line stoppage. Not only is that going to be a bigger problem, it can also become a health hazard in your home or business. When drains back up into the shower and tub, it's a big problem that needs immediate attention by a professional. This is the time to call an emergency plumber no matter what time of the day or night.
Sewer lines backup for a number of reasons. Cracked or damaged pipes and old sewer systems will happen. The clog may not be superficial, it could be deep in the system and require more than a quick-fix. Roots, children's toys, cloth, plastic bags and hygiene products can cause blocks that need professional help. Plumbers use sewer cameras or video inspection lines to see what the problem is and, in some cases, can fix it without digging up the pipes.
Clogged drains can cause a lot of damage to your home or business. The water gradually builds up and causes small leaks and large bursting pipes. The water can enter the drywall, floor, and attic or flood the basement and create the environment for pathogens to grow.
Some sewer systems are more complicated than others. The drain pipes have curves and elbow joints. These need to be professional cleaned to avoid the build-up of grease, hair, hair products and particles that find their way into your pipes.
Plumbing problems and emergencies may require minor repairs when they are first noticed, but by trying to fix them yourself, you could be creating a bigger problem that requires expensive major repair. It will save you money and grief in the long run to call a professional plumber at the first sign of a problem. When you see damp drywall or flooring, low water pressure, a constantly running toilet or slow-draining sinks or tubs, the best thing you can do is to call an emergency plumber. At Las Vegas Plumbers, we hope you call us if one of these or any other unfortunate plumbing emergency presents itself. Better yet, let us help keep your plumbing system checked and maintained periodically so there is a less likelihood of a plumbing emergency happening.