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The Worst Plumbing Emergencies—How to Prevent Them


Plumbing disasters are among the worst kind of disasters a home can face. Losing electrical power to a house is an aggravation and can bring life to a standstill. But when plumbing fiascoes happen, it can put the house itself in danger because of water damage and hygienic issues. You want to be certain you can reach a 24-hour plumber capable of handling any emergency plumbing in Orlando, FL your house may have to deal with.

Below are a few of the biggest plumbing emergencies you may run into. If one of these happens, call our team right away, any time of the day or night: we offer 24/7 emergency service. We also have advice for how to prevent some of these disasters ahead of time.

Major pipe leaks

Leaks in a home’s plumbing can often remain hidden from sight for a long time, leaving only minor signs that they’re occurring. Watching for these warnings—discolored stains on the walls or ceiling, higher water bills, lower water pressure, odd behavior from the water heater—can help you solve the leak before it becomes bigger. If the leak escapes your attention, you could have a sudden danger of flooding on your hands. Make sure you know where the water main shut-off valve is located so you can stop the water flow first before calling a plumber.

Slab leaks

These are insidious leaks that are hard to spot because they occur down in the stone foundation of a home. Slab leaks create a major waste of water and can cause serious damage to the home’s foundation unless they’re fixed. Only professional plumbers can locate the slab leak and fix it. If you hear running water in the basement when there’s no source for it, notice cracks along the concrete foundation, or have extraordinarily high water bills, call for professional plumbers ASAP.

Loss of freshwater because of a broken water main

You turn on the faucets in your house, and nothing happens. Your first thought may be that it’s a municipal trouble—and chances are good that you’re correct. Check with the neighbors to see if they’re experiencing the same problems. If they aren’t, you may have a broken water main. Never ignore signs of this, such as dampness on the lawn when there is no reason for it or an unexplained drop in water pressure around the house.

Blocked or damaged sewer line

You probably don’t give much thought to your sewer line. Who wants to? But if the sewer line becomes blocked because of too much material (such as actual garbage) trapped in it or due to the infiltration of tree roots, it will lead to sewage backing up into the house. This not only disrupts the house, it creates unhealthy conditions. It’s a true “nightmare scenario” for homes. You can head off this trouble by looking for signs of problems, such as an increase in the amount of clogs in your drains or sewer smells coming from them.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has served Central Florida since 1975. Call us for all your plumbing needs, emergency or otherwise.

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