Sewage Water Backing Up in Your Home
This is our number one plumbing emergency. With sewer drain lines, there is not a problem until it stops working completely. This can be caused by roots in the sewer line, your home’s foundation shifting, or maybe a hard object like your child’s favorite action figure may be blocking the line.
Ceiling is Leaking
If you notice a bulge or are experiencing dripping water from your ceiling, it’s more than likely you have a leak. It is very common in the Austin area for builders to save space by putting the water heater in the attic. Lots of time these water heaters will go unmaintained for many years. Being made of thin sheet metal, your water heater will eventually deteriorate and start leaking. Other times, we find the HVAC system condensate drain line may be clogged due to impurities in the air. This causes water to back up out of the line and cause a leak. Rodents also can be to blame since the water piping in your plumbing system can be made of plastic. These rodents will chew through the lines, causing a leak.
Leak in Front Yard
Discovering a huge water puddle or seeing gushing water from your front yard can be a sign of a water main break. This occurs in the Austin area more often than you would think since this climate experiences extreme temperature changes. When it goes from really hot to really cold, your pipes expand and contract. Sometimes this can cause the water main pipe to rupture. You may also accidentally break your pipe by installing a fence or remodeling your front lawn. It is important to know the location of your water line so you do not dig into it and bust the line open. Lastly, ground shifting could be the reason you are experiencing a leak. Wet and dry weather conditions can put stress on the pipe causing it to crack and leak.
Wet Spot on Floor Inside Home or Business
Sometimes it is unfortunate that you come across a puddle of water inside your favorite room that just won’t go away. This can be an indicator that you are experiencing a slab leak. This means that the water lines located underneath your concrete slab foundation which holds your home or business in place have cracked or completely separated. Slab leaks can be one of the most evasive problems to fix due to the location of the water leak. Should you experience a slab leak, it is important to hire a professional who can resolve the issue without causing further damage to your home or business as it is an extremely technical repair.
This is one of the most dangerous plumbing emergencies. If you smell gas, it is important to shut the gas off at the meter in front of your home or business or call your gas provider immediately. Gas can be explosive and can cause extensive irreparable damage. Sometimes your gas pipes can experience electrolysis. This happens when two dissimilar metals come in contact with each other causing them to deteriorate at a rapid pace, ultimately rupturing the pipe. Other times, gas pipes can be poorly installed. It is important to have your gas appliances installed by a licensed professional who will properly seal the line at the connection. Nonetheless, accidents do happen and a pipe may also get busted while completing a remodel on a room that needs updating.
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