At some point, everyone will experience a plumbing emergency. From a burst pipe to sewer backup, you never know when you’ll need to make that call. Since hiring a plumber can be a large investment, it’s important to know what constitutes an emergency. 

BWS Plumbing breaks down the 7 most common reasons your pipes might need an ER visit.

1. Frozen or Burst Pipes

The risk of flooding from a burst pipe is substantial. Frozen pipes don’t allow water to pass through. It may also cause the pipes to crack or leak.

If you have a burst pipe or frozen pipes, our plumbing services in Minnetonka, MN can help.

2. Flooding

Flooding can be due to a number of reasons, including a failed sump pump, burst pipes, sewer backups, and water shutoff valve failure. No matter the cause, flooding is a major concern as it can seriously damage the structure of your home.

If you suspect flooding or there is already damage, contact our plumbing services near Edina, MN.

3. Clogged Sink

You may think of a clogged sink as a minor annoyance that slows down your daily activities. In some cases, it might be. However, a severe clog can inhibit water flow or stop it completely.

Eventually, the backup can damage your pipes or cause water leaks. 

4. Clogged Toilets

If your toilet is clogged, leaking, or it won’t flush, it could mean a serious plumbing problem. There are DIY ways to fix a clogged toilet, but if you have an ongoing problem, don’t ignore it.

Leaving it too long can lead to leaky pipes and ultimately structural damage. It could also cause sewage backups, which is a health hazard.

5. Leaking Water Heater

A faulty or leaky water heater will reduce the amount of hot water in your home. If the heater has to work harder, you will end up with higher energy bills. Sometimes the problem is a leaky valve, but if the water heater is rusted or damaged in some way, it needs to be replaced.

6. Sewer Backup

Perhaps one of the worst nightmares for any homeowner is a sewer backup. The stink can be awful and the damage to your home or property immense. Repairing the damage can be very costly, too.

Signs of a sewer backup include:

  • Multiple drain clogs
  • Bad sewage odor from your drains
  • Gurgling toilets
  • Water pooling around the basement floor drain

If you notice these signs, call a bathroom plumber in Minnetonka or Edina right away.

7. No Running Water

If there is no running water or you lose water pressure, this is definitely a cause for concern. It could be a problem with the shutoff valve, a failure of the pressure regulator, or old steel pipes.

If you experience this problem, call us right away so we can get the water flowing again.

Have a Plumbing Emergency? BWS Plumbing Is One Call Away

If you are experiencing leaky pipes, stopped up drains, sewage backup or a lack of water/water pressure, it’s time to call in the experts from BWS Plumbing, serving Minnetonka and Edina, MN. 

Contact us today to schedule an emergency appointment.