You can’t fix everything with standard household tools. After all, there’s a reason plumbers go through rigorous professional training and have to earn licenses: lots of plumbing problems are really hard to fix!
If you notice any of the following red flags, the issue is likely something you can’t handle without a pro. Save yourself time and trouble by calling a licensed plumber to come and help you before the drawback causes serious damage.
- A water fixture is backed up… with sewage. Not every backed-up pipe is a reason to panic, but if the backup is the wrong color (or smell) then you could be dealing with a backed-up sewer line. Raw sewage is obviously a health hazard, and you won’t be able to use your water fixtures until the backup has been fixed — so it’s best to call for help as soon as you possibly can. Only a trained plumber will be able to handle the hazardous materials safely and restore your pipes to a usable condition.
Look for: brown/black water coming out of water fixtures, terrible odours.
- You have no running water. Running water is a basic necessity for just about every building, since it’s nearly impossible to cook or clean without it. If you can’t get a steady stream from any of the water fixtures in your property, there’s a good chance you’ll need a plumber to check the water main that supplies the building. However, this task is much more complicated than it sounds — it’s not simply a matter of flicking an on/off switch, and in some cases it can cause leaks if performed improperly. In the vast majority of cases, you should let professionals handle any work that involves messing around with your building’s water supply systems.
Look for: dry taps and showerheads, possibly with creaking sounds
- You suspect your pipes are frozen. If you have large water fixtures with pipes that run near the outside of your house (like basement utility sinks), you might want to let a trickle of hot water run through them on cold winter nights to prevent your pipes from freezing. A frozen pipe can not only block water from coming through — it can also crack when the weather warms up, which causes the material from which it is made to thaw and warp. If you suspect that your pipes might be frozen, stop using the attached water fixtures immediately and call for help. Trained plumbers will know how to prevent and repair freezing pipes, and will also be able to replace them if necessary. Be wary if it’s below zero degrees outside and you spot frost collecting around any of your pipes.
Look for: frosty pipes, cold temperatures outside
Plumbing Emergencies Can’t Wait
There are plenty of other issues, such as running toilets and slow running drain clogs, that you might not feel comfortable fixing on your own — but these don’t necessarily count as plumbing emergencies. It’s only a true emergency if the problem needs immediate professional attention to prevent further (and often costly) damage. Sewage backups, lack of running water, and frozen pipes are three perfect examples of issues that you shouldn’t wait to fix or try to repair by yourself. Keep an eye out for the signs listed above, and call Quicker Rooter Plumbing and Drain Cleaning for help.
What would come next?
No clog is exactly the same and eliminating a particular blockage often requires specialized drain cleaning or pipe clearing action. The variety of potential stoppages causing a clog is a list without end: rocks, grease, hair, debris, food, paper material, flushed toys, penetrating tree roots, other kinds of growth, a combination – I’ve really seen it all!
Having such useful diagnostic equipment means I can decide on the most cost effective course of action, providing the best value to the client. At this point, there are many tools I have at my disposal to eliminate whatever the camera has found. Rather than cycling through the equipment and hoping for the best, I know exactly which one to turn to without delay.
In the case of the video above, the camera showed us we were dealing with an ingrown root. We knew to immediately turn to our rooter (or snake) with a cutting head attached, no guesswork required! More difficult problems might require more sophisticated pipe clearing equipment, such as a power auger or a power jetting machine. The camera lets us be in and out more quickly, letting you get on with your day, and saving you money. It has become one of our most important pieces of equipment! And is why we are called Quicker Rooter. Our sewer camera and all our specialized rooter and drain cleaning equipments lets us solve your sewer problems more quickly and more cost-effectively.
Whatever the action needed may be, it’s only with the sewer camera that allows me to know. When it comes to finding awesome Calgary plumbers, we have the equipment and expertise to give you the best value for your time and money.