There is no convenient time for an emergency to happen. Whenever there’s a plumber needed, there should be a plumber available. If they happen on a weekend, you likely don’t have time to wait for a plumber on Monday. This is why emergency plumbing services exist. There are certain plumbing issues that should be fixed right away and should certainly not be attempted by someone who is not a licensed plumber.

The following are some emergency scenarios you might run into, and what to do when they happen.


You need plumbing services ASAP when you are dealing with flooding. Not only does this mean there is something wrong with your plumbing, but flooding can ruin your furniture, floor and other belongings as well. Flooding can be the result of a number of issues. It can be the result of seepage through floors or walls, a sewer backup or a burst pipe to name a few. Knowing where your main water valve is located is important. Turn it off to reduce the potential damage. Whatever the cause, it’s imperative that the problem doesn’t get any worse. Call a plumbing company that has emergency plumbing services at the first sign of flooding.

Burst or Frozen Pipes

Whether a pipe is burst or frozen, these are both situations where emergency plumbing is needed. A burst or frozen pipe can affect the plumbing in your entire home. A frozen pipe will restrict water flow in your house. A lot of times a frozen pipe results in a burst pipe. You should call an emergency plumber right away, turn off the water, then remove anything that may potentially be damaged by the burst or frozen pipe. If these aren’t fixed right away by a licensed professional, they can result in worse, and more expensive, damage.

Toilet Problems

When a toilet begins to overflow, it can be overwhelming and difficult to stop. A lot of times, a simple plunger won’t do the job. Call an emergency plumber right away and turn off the main water valve. An overflowing toilet can quickly go from bad to worse the longer it goes without being fixed. Calling an emergency plumber will make sure that the problem doesn’t get any worse. An overflowing toilet can cause damage to your plumbing system, as well as, damage your furniture, flooring and belongings.

Sewer Backup

If your sewer is backed up, it may be the result of a number of things. Your sump pump may not be working properly, roots from your yard may be growing into your sewer lines or a number of other reasons. This is not a problem you will be able to solve yourself. A licensed professional will be able to efficiently find the source of the problem and repair it. Call an emergency plumber right away.

Going Away

Going away is usually very exciting. However, most homeowners fear that something may go wrong while they’re not home. If an emergency happens and it goes unnoticed for days, this may result in extensive damage. There are a few precautions you should take before going away to decrease the likelihood of this happening. Before you leave, ensure that all your faucets, drains and appliances are working well. If no one is going to be using the water in your home while you’re away, turn it off. This will significantly reduce the risk of anything going wrong while you’re away. You should also turn off your water heater if there’s no one who is going to use it while you’re away.

If you have someone house-sitting for you, when you give them the emergency phone numbers, ensure that you include the number of a trusted plumber that provides emergency services. You should also show them where the main water valve is located. If something were to go wrong, they can shut off the water immediately.

Preventative Measures

Emergencies happen, but no one wants them to. In order to prevent emergency plumbing issues, find a plumber that will do full home inspections. Every time there’s a plumber needed, they should do a full home inspection to ensure the initial problem isn’t the result of a larger issue. They can also detect potential issues during a full home inspection, ensuring that it isn’t likely to result in an emergency.

How Wellbrook Plumbing Can Help

We understand that emergencies never happen at convenient times. That’s why we offer evening and weekend emergency plumbing services. For more information on how we can help, get in touch.