Four Signs You Need to Call an Emergency Plumber Now

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Nobody likes to call for emergency services, but if you're ever in a bind, you'll be glad they exist. Emergency plumbers are no exception. They're usually on call 24/7 and available every major holiday because plumbing emergencies don't know what day it is and don't take your personal schedule into consideration.

Below are some of the most obvious signs that you need to call an emergency plumber for some prompt plumbing repair. If you see any of these signs, don't hesitate to call them.

1. Toilet Backing Up

Most clogs can be resolved with relative ease by the homeowner using nothing more than a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease. If that doesn't work, there are always a variety of DIY options you have at your disposal. But if none of those work, or if the toilet is backing up rapidly in your bathroom, you'll need to do two things: shut off the water to the toilet and call an emergency plumber. The clog might be a sign of a much bigger problem happening elsewhere.

2. New Pond in Your Yard

A pool in your backyard can be a nice touch that will help with the resale value, but not if it's unplanned. If you look out your front window and see a pool of water developing in your front yard and it hasn't rained recently, chances are you have a pipe that has burst underneath the grass. These are major issues that can not only cause huge problems for your home but can also be extremely costly in terms of wasted water and water damage. Hiring an emergency plumber for plumbing repair is a necessity in this type of situation.

3. Busted Water Heater

On average, water heaters last somewhere between 8–12 years (or 20, if you have a tankless water heater). There's always the chance you could have one that bursts well before that mark though; if so, you'll have an impromptu flood in your garage or basement. The water damage is one thing, but the lack of hot water also makes for an inconvenient existence until it's fixed.

4. Water Spots on the Walls

Few things are more terrifying than a water spot appearing out of nowhere on the wall or on the ceiling. If you see one, call an emergency plumber immediately. They'll have to find where the leak is coming from and then fix it, which could involve some drywall work as well. It seems like a lot of work for a "minor" issue but left untreated, you could be dealing with water damage and possible mold down the road.