Of all household expenses, plumbing repairs are often the least anticipated. Even worse, plumbing failures tend to happen during off hours, meaning you’ll pay emergency fees on top of repair bills. A plumbing problem can lead to major water damage, mold, and electrical issues such as short circuits and fires. Therefore, it’s important to know when to call an emergency plumber in Beaverton.
Fortunately, plumbing emergencies tend to have early warning signs. Call Sky for plumbing services in any of these situations:
Reduced Water Pressure
If your water pressure has steadily declined or suddenly drops, there may be a leaky, cracked, eroded, or broken pipe. A failed pressure regulating valve is another possibility. You’ll need a plumber to address any of these problems. However, if the issue is with only one sink, cleaning the faucet aerator can resolve it.
Having no water to wash dishes, cook, flush, wash your hands, or take a shower with may not be as dangerous because—well—there’s no water to do damage. However, it is a major issue with hygiene and the functionality of your home. You likely won’t be able to diagnose or resolve the matter yourself.
A burst pipe can release many gallons of water in nearly an instant. If you don’t call an emergency plumber in Beaverton right away, rushing water can damage flooring, furniture, walls, and the ceiling. It can also compromise the structural integrity of your home, so don’t delay calling an emergency plumber.
Frequent Drain Clogs
Everyone experiences a clogged drain at some point. The problem shouldn’t happen much. It can be prevented by not flushing paper towels, wipes, or hair but soap and grease can eventually clog the hardiest of sink drains. If multiple drains are slow, the issue may be deep in your plumbing system or due to a cracked, sagging, collapsed, or blocked sewer line. Tree roots are a common problem in sewers but are hard to diagnose without a plumber.
While a clogged toilet doesn’t necessarily constitute an emergency, an overflowing one is a different story. It can quickly flood your home and contaminate it with waste and bacteria. Depending on the cause, the main water valve may need to be closed, which requires a plumber. Don’t fuss with the plunger for too long. If it doesn’t work immediately, waiting to call for help will only worsen the damage.
A sewage backup often releases a rotten egg odor. It also usually affects multiple drains and fixtures. When you take a shower, water may pool up in another room or, when you flush the toilet, water may back up in the kitchen sink. Sewer backups aren’t only messy. They can damage your home’s foundation and release airborne pollutants and germs that can make you sick. The situation definitely qualifies as an emergency.
A rotten egg or sulfur smell can mean there’s a gas leak. Call for help and check for hissing or whistling sounds, clouds near gas lines, or changes in flame color with your furnace or stove. A gas leak can also cause headache, dizziness, nosebleeds, eye and skin irritation, breathing difficulty, and other symptoms. If any of these signs are present, your life may be in danger, so call a plumber immediately.
Mysterious Water Sounds
A gurgling sound when using a shower, toilet, dishwasher, or other fixture can precede a water backup. If you hear water sounds when the plumbing isn’t in use, a pipe may be leaking. Call an emergency plumber in Beaverton to find and fix the problem fast.
Water Stains on Walls, Ceilings, or Floors
A brownish stain that spreads usually means a leak is in progress. It can also mean water has traveled a distance and is soaking through various materials. Contact a plumber to determine the extent of the damage and repair the cause.
The Water Heater Has Stopped Working
A cold shower may not be considered an emergency by some. But running out of hot water in winter can be dangerous. A malfunctioning water heater can also develop a gas leak or electrical issue. Therefore, it’s a hazard you need a plumber to address.
Pipes can freeze whenever water freezes. The ice won’t only block water lines; it can also expand and fracture metal pipe walls. Affected pipes will leak once the water thaws. If, during a cold spell, you get no water from a faucet or shower, call an emergency plumber to locate and repair any frozen pipes inside or outside your home.
Call Sky Heating & Air Conditioning
Sky is a leading emergency plumber in Beaverton, Portland, and The Dalles. Our licensed contractors provide all types of plumbing repairs. Whether the problem is with a leaky pipe, a toilet, or a water heater, they can fix it fast. To request help in an emergency or schedule other plumbing services, call (888) 900-2109 today.