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If you are experiencing a plumbing emergency that requires immediate attention, call us at 650-263-6986 for prompt plumbing services. 

When a plumbing emergency occurs, you have to act quickly to reduce damages and costs. The tricky part is recognizing what constitutes an emergency. If you find yourself unsure of what to do in a plumbing disaster, it’s best to call a professional rather than compromise your safety, but there may be things you can do to mitigate damage before the experts arrive. Read on to find out when you need emergency plumbing services. 

Emergencies That Require Immediate Attention

  1. An Unplungeable Overflowing Toilet
  2. A Burst Pipe or Severe Water Leak
  3. Sewer Backups
  4. Sudden and Profound Increase in Water Consumption
  5. If You Smell Gas from a Gas-Powered Water Heater 

An Unplungeable, Overflowing Toilet

The dreaded toilet overflow happens to the best of us. If you can’t remedy the initial clog with a plunger or the dish soap and hot water trick, and you find yourself in a situation where the toilet is overflowing, you’ll need to call an emergency plumber. Not only does this plumbing issue cause a serious mess – it can damage the flooring of your home. 

  • Call our emergency plumbing services (offered 7 days a week, 24 hours a day) 
  • While waiting for them to arrive, shut off the toilet’s water supply with the supply line valve near the bottom of the toilet 
  • If water continues to run, turn off the water supply to your home 

A Burst Pipe or Severe Water Leak

If you notice rapidly accumulating water somewhere in your home, you may have a burst pipe or water leak that can lead to serious water damage. Mold, mildew, wood rot, discoloration, structural deterioration, and bacteria proliferation from standing water are all unpleasant symptoms of water damage. Here’s what to do if you suspect a burst pipe or water leak:

  •  Call our emergency plumbing services (offered 7 days a week, 24 hours a day) 
  • While waiting for them to arrive, turn off the water supply to the house and/or to the localized leak area 
  • Dry and clean up as much water from the floor or walls as possible

Sewer Backups

A sewer backup is perhaps the most undesirable plumbing emergency you can encounter. Don’t try to deal with it on your own – sewage is a biohazard risk. Skip the steps and call a professional right away. 

Sudden and Profound Increase in Water Consumption

You might notice by checking your water meter or paying your utility bill that your water consumption has made a vast and sudden increase. This could be due to a broken or leaking water supply line, which, left alone, can lead to structural damage and property damage. 

  • Call a professional to inspect the main water lines 
  • Search for a leak in your home 

If You Smell Gas from a Gas-Powered Water Heater 

Smelling gas in your home is never a good sign. This could indicate a gas leak or combustion issue that must be addressed immediately. 

  • Shut off the gas to your water heater, or any other gas-powered appliances, and leave your home. 
  • Call the gas company to check for leaks
  • Contact emergency plumbing services to fix or replace your water heating system 

CALL OUR EMERGENCY PLUMBING SERVICES

Here at Shepherd’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, we are committed to providing you with plumbing services that last, whether it’s an emergency or not. Give us a call today at 650-459-4557 for any questions about our reputable plumbing services.

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