Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

Being a homeowner can come with some surprises, including plumbing emergencies that you must deal with immediately. Most homes in Oakville have modern plumbing, which means fewer issues with the pipes. Unfortunately, however, there can still be emergencies. Here are some of the most common plumbing emergencies homeowners in Oakville experience.

Clogged toilets

Clogs in toilets usually happen due to an excessive amount of toilet paper being used or a foreign object has been lodged in the pipes somewhere. Continuing to try and flush the toilet when it’s clogged can cause the contents of the toilet to back up and spill all over your bathroom floor.

You can try to loosen up the pipes and dislodge any foreign objects by using a plunger. If the problem persists and you can’t unclog it, you may need to call a professional plumber.

Burst pipes

Burst pipes are a plumbing emergency that could happen with pipes anywhere in your home. It could be a pipe that’s exposed in the basement, or it could be behind finished drywall. Burst pipes can happen for various reasons, some of the most common being pipes that are super old or pipes that have frozen and then thawed, causing them to break.

You can help avoid this plumbing emergency by checking on your pipes regularly to make sure they look ok, and there are no obvious signs of wear and tear. If you notice any areas that look old or worn down, you may want to call in a professional plumber and get their assessment.

Failure of the sump pump

Many homes in Oakville have sump pumps to help remove water from the basement and prevent flooding from happening. If the sump pump is overworked or is old and needs to be replaced, it can fail, which will cause water to back up in the basement or crawl space and cause flooding. If your sump pump stops working, you need to call a plumber immediately to come and replace it – especially if you are expecting a lot of rain.

Broken water line

Every Oakville home has a main water line that brings water from the city line into your home. If this line is broken or has had some damage, you may notice that there is hardly any water pressure or no water coming into your home at all. Additionally, if you notice wet, soggy patches in the yard around your home, it could mean the line is broken near these spots.

Sewage backup

There is a pipe that is responsible for taking sewage away from your home, but if that pipe is clogged or damaged, it could mean that you will have sewage backing up into your home. You will probably smell the sewage before you see the sewage back up, making your home difficult to be inside. The waste coming into your home could be dangerous to the people living in your home, so it’s important that you call in a plumber immediately to get it fixed.

Contact McKenna Plumbing today

At McKenna Plumbing, we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services in the Oakville region. Call us for fast and reliable service if you have a plumbing emergency.