Most plumbing problems can indeed wait. Things like dripping faucets or slow drains don’t require emergency plumbing repair. However, failing to act quickly in some situations could lead to thousands of dollars in damage.
When faced with a plumbing problem you can’t fix, and waiting puts your home and family at risk, you can rest easy because Quahog Plumbing has experienced technicians standing by 24 hours a day for emergency plumbing repair.
If you’re tired of low water pressure and constant water leaks, call us and ask about our repiping services.
When To Call A 24-Hour Plumber
Sometimes, it’s challenging to know when to call a plumber for help. You may think problems like slow drains or low water pressure don’t require immediate attention, but often, the longer you wait to repair these issues, you risk severe damage and expensive repairs.
Here are the most common plumbing problems that warrant a call to a 24-hour plumbing service.
Toilets overflow for various reasons, and when it happens to you, it can lead to contaminated water spilling out into your home, putting your family at risk of disease.
Suppose for the best results you’ve tried using the plunger or other drain cleaning methods to solve the problem with no success. In that case, it’s crucial to call an emergency plumbing service to reduce the chance of water damage and household contamination.
Failed Water Heater
Running out of hot water in the middle of a shower is bad enough, but what’s worse is when your water tank fails and spills water all over the floor.
When the water heater fails, there’s nothing more pressing in the home than restoring service as quickly as possible. Whether it’s no hot water or a leaking water tank, call a professional plumber for water heater repair as soon as you notice the issue.
Low Water Pressure
Many people disregard low water pressure as a plumbing problem that requires emergency attention; however, low water pressure can result from buildup in your pipes or a leak in the system. If you notice a sudden decrease in your home’s water pressure, call an emergency plumbing service for help.
There are many stories of homeowners going to the basement and finding the floor covered with water because of a burst pipe or water leak. The longer water leaks into your home, the more expensive it is to repair. If you see flooding or signs of a water leak, call a professional plumber right away to find the cause.
Frozen water in pipes expands, putting pressure on your plumbing, which can lead to burst pipes and water damage once it thaws. A common sign of a frozen pipe is when you turn on the faucet and don’t get any water. There are home remedies to deal with frozen pipes but call a professional emergency plumbing service.
Our 24 Hour Water Heater Repair
Sudden water heater failure is rare. Most water heaters are built to run reliably for up to 10 years or more; however, it’s common for water heaters to give off signs as they age telling you that they’re failing.
Our highly skilled technicians are experts in water heater repair and maintenance. If you notice your water heater has any of the following issues, call Quahog Plumbing for repairs.
No Hot Water
If you find yourself suddenly without hot water, it doesn’t always mean you need to replace your water heater. If you have a gas water heater, it could be the pilot light has gone out, or if you have an electric model, it could be the breaker has tripped.
If you’ve checked both of these and you still don’t get hot water, the problem is likely within the water heater. Call us for 24 hour water heater repair to restore service as quickly as possible.
Not Enough Hot Water
Are you not getting the amount of hot water you used to get? If so, it could be that you have a heating element that’s going out or a bad thermostat. Try adjusting the water heater’s thermostat to between 120 and 140 degrees to see if it solves the problem before calling a professional plumbing company for help.
Your water heater should run silently, so when you start hearing popping, cracking, or banging, it usually means there’s a mineral buildup in the tank or on the heating element. If you hear your water heater making strange sounds, call for help right away because the longer you wait, the worse the problem gets.
Foul Smelling Water
Does the hot water coming out of the tap have a metallic or sulfur odor? It could be bacteria built up in the tank or hoses, or it could be something worse. To be sure, call a water heater expert for an inspection.
Water leaking from the tank, unfortunately, means you must replace your water heater. If you notice a water leak, turn off the water supply to the tank to prevent flooding and call a 24 hour water heater repair company.
If you’ve outgrown your water heater, call us to find out if a tankless water heater installation is right for you.
How Maintaining Your Water Heater Prevents Failure
Though your water heater is a simple machine, like all machines, it requires routine maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to ward off problems that can lead to catastrophic failure.
Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your water heater in tip-top shape and ensure it works reliably throughout its lifespan.
The first thing to do is test the TPR valve, which is a device to relieve pressure if it gets too high in the water tank.
The next thing to check is the anode rod. Remove the rod and check for calcium buildup, and if there is, replace the rod immediately.
Sediment buildup is one of the leading causes of water heater problems, so it’s wise to flush the tank and wash out the sediment at least once a year.
To extend the lifespan of your water heater, consider adjusting the temperature lower. For every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, you not only save money on your energy bills and reduce stress on your water heater, thus making it last longer.
Lastly, call a professional plumber to inspect your system once a year. Professionals know what to look for and can detect minor problems now before they balloon into major ones down the road.