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What Qualifies as a Plumbing Emergency?

In the world of home care and maintenance, few situations cause as much stress and urgency as a plumbing emergency. Properly functioning plumbing is essential to our everyday life, providing us with clean water for drinking, cleaning, and bathing. So, when something goes wrong with this critical system, it's important to address it immediately. As trusted providers of professional plumbing services for many decades, WM Buffington is familiar with all manner of plumbing emergencies and we're well-equipped to handle them all. That being said, understanding what exactly qualifies as a plumbing emergency can help you determine when to call for our express service. 

What is a Plumbing Emergency?

A plumbing emergency typically involves a situation where damage can rapidly escalate if it is not addressed promptly, hence disrupting your daily life and potentially damaging your property. Below, we discuss several instances that qualify as plumbing emergencies.

Severe Leaks or Burst Pipes

One of the most common types of plumbing emergencies we encounter is severe leaks or burst pipes. This typically results in considerable amounts of water spewing into your home, causing potential water damage and floods. If you observe a burst pipe or severe leak, you should turn off your water valve and promptly call WM Buffington for efficient and professional repair.

Blocked Drains

While a slow drain might be manageable for a short period, a completely blocked drain, especially in your kitchen, bathroom, or main sewer line could signify a major problem. The blockage can cause a backup of sewage into your home, potentially posing health risks and causing unpleasant odors. 

Overflowing Toilets

It’s a nightmare scenario for any homeowner. An overflowing toilet can flood your bathroom with wastewater, causing property damage and potential health issues. It's an unsanitary problem that needs immediate attention from professional plumbers like our team at WM Buffington.

No Access to Water

If you suddenly find you have no access to water in your home, it’s a clear sign of a serious plumbing issue. Possible causes range from major pipe blockages, municipal water supply issues, or problems with the water main. This is undoubtedly an immediate concern that should prompt you to contact a professional plumber right away.

Water Heater Problems

If your water heater is leaking or not providing hot water, this could also qualify as a plumbing emergency, especially during cold weather. Extensive leaking can cause damage to your floors and walls, and no homeowner wants to be without hot water for bathing and cleaning.

Gas Leaks

Although not a water-related problem, gas leaks fall under the purview of many professional plumbers. A gas leak is a serious, potentially life-threatening situation that needs immediate professional attention. If you suspect a gas leak, evacuate your house and immediately call a qualified plumbing expert.

In the event you experience any of the above or similar problems, it’s crucial to take prompt action. WM Buffington is dedicated to providing swift and efficient plumbing emergency services to help minimize damage and restore normalcy.

Give WM Buffington a Call for 24-hour Emergency Plumbing Service

If you have a plumbing emergency, don’t try to wait it out or fix the problem yourself - you may only make things worse. Instead, call a certified and trusted professional who understands the gravity of your problem and will respond promptly and appropriately. 

At WM Buffington, our expertise and rich history serving Central Pennsylvania communities have made us well-equipped to address any plumbing emergencies you may encounter. When disaster strikes, remember that we are just a call away! For emergency plumbing repairs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, contact WM Buffington. We service homes in Highspire, Harrisburg, Middletown, Camp Hill, Marysville, and the surrounding areas.

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