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Common Emergency Plumbing Situations That Can Be Dangerous

January 27th, 2015 by gtowsley Leave a reply »


Emergency plumbing situations are never fun. Homeowners are often faced with unexpected emergency plumbing situations. Emergency plumbing situations are definitely stressful and can cause a lot of damage leading to costly repairs. Emergency plumbing situations can also be dangerous; dangerous to the home’s inhabitants as well as the plumbing technicians who answer the call. In many instances, and emergency plumbing situation needs to be handled right away. Here is a list of some of the most common emergency plumbing situations that can be potentially dangerous.


  1. Back-flow Problem

    A back-flow problem is exactly what it sounds like. Contaminated water containing waste or harmful chemicals travels back through the pipe, which can cause contamination of clean water leading to major health concerns. A back-flow problem is a plumbing emergency that needs to be handled right away to prevent any accidents.


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    Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric,, 01/27/2015

  2. Gas Leak

    A gas leak is a major plumbing emergency. Prolonged exposure to a gas leak can cause sickness or even death. Some tell tale signs of a gas leak are: a strong sulfuric or rotten egg smell, hissing sounds, carbon monoxide alarm is going off, bubbling in still water in or outside of the home, and feeling sick with nausea, headache, or dizziness. In the even that a gas leak is suspected vacate the premises immediately and avoid turning on any light switches or starting any flame. A professional plumber or gas company technician are the best people to contact to control the emergency plumbing situation.


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    Richmond Virginia,, 01/27/2015

  3. A Burst Pipe

    A burst water pipe is never a good thing. A waterfall where a waterfall does not belong is definitely an emergency plumbing situation. This can cause a lot of costly damage and lead to other health concerns if not tended to right away. Some concerns include: electrical shock, waste contamination, and mold damage.


  4. Dangerous Building Materials

    Many older homes contain building materials that are now considered to be dangerous to ones health. Substances including lead, mercury, and asbestos were common in older building materials. Often times, when left alone they pose no major threat, but in the even of an emergency plumbing situation potential exposure poses a significant health risk. Proper remediation is needed in order to safely alleviate the health concerns associated with exposure to dangerous building materials.


Remember safety comes first when dealing with an emergency plumbing situation. Ensure that you and your plumbing technicians are properly trained and ready to handle any emergency plumbing situation that comes their way, not only for their safety but also the safety of your customers.


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