24/7 Emergency Plumber Services
When you’re in need of an emergency plumber in Hamilton or the surrounding area, trust the team at Pitton Plumbing & Heating to find a quick and effective solution to your problems. We assist residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the GTA 24-hours a day. Whether you’re suddenly dealing with flooding from burst pipes or you simply need to get your toilet back up and running, we’re there when you need us.
Common Emergency Plumbing Problems
Some plumbing problems can wait, but others need to be dealt with right away. Here are several common emergency issues and what you can do to fix them and when you should call for help.
We all know the panic of flushing the toilet and watching the water rise instead of draining. This can sometimes be fixed by using an accordion or flange plunger. Your toilet becomes blocked when objects restrict waste or water from passing through the trap or plumbing vent. In rare cases, it can also mean there are problems with your main sewer line. To unblock your toilet, you need enough pressure to flush away the waste and blockage. If you find you are unable to unblock your toilet, our team can help you get your bathroom back to functionality.
The most common sign of a clogged drain is if your bath, shower or sink drains slowly or not at all. A persistent, foul smell can also indicate a blockage, as can unusual gurgling noises. The most common cause is an accumulation of things like hair, food waste and soap residue. Try dislodging the clog with a plunger, but avoid chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage your pipes. If you can’t remove the clog yourself, call a plumber.
If you see standing water around your drains, notice that your toilet isn’t flushing properly or find that the water drains slowly in more than one drain, you likely have a clog somewhere in your pipes. Usually, clogged pipes are caused by hair, soap, dirt, and food waste building up in the pipes. Identifying and fixing the clogged pipe is important as otherwise it can lead to serious problems like leaks and backups.
Left alone, pipe clogs can cause your drains to back up. Sinks, drains and toilets may make gurgling sounds and emit a foul odour and your water may be draining slower than usual. Oftentimes, drain backups are caused by things like fabric, oil or toys obstructing the pipes. A tree root infiltration may also be to blame. If you notice any of these issues, contact Pitton Plumbing & Heating to inspect your drains.
Sewer backups occur when something prevents the waste that comes from your house from flowing into the municipal sewer system, forcing it to back up into your home. Common causes of sewer backups include a blockage in the house’s main sewer line, either because of tree roots growing inside the pipe or a clog caused by a buildup of debris like grease and non-flushable paper products, as well as very heavy rain. In some cases, a defective city sanitary main is to blame. No matter the cause, be sure to call us right away if you have a backup.
If you notice that water is flowing very slowly from a fixture or not at all, then chances are your pipes are frozen. While you may be able to fix it yourself, it’s best to call a plumber. In the meantime, try to narrow down the location of the blockage by trying different faucets. Whatever you do, act fast. Frozen pipes can burst, which will result in serious water damage and a steep repair bill.
Burst or broken pipes
Shut off the water supply ASAP and move waterlogged items to a dry location. Remove as much water as you can with a sump pump or wet-dry vacuum and call a plumber to replace the pipe.
Burst hot water tank
This issue is serious, and you’ll need to act quickly to mitigate damage. Note that a burst hot water tank will try to refill, causing a lot of damage. Shut off the water and turn off the valve under gas tanks. Turn off the electricity before you remove damaged items. You can then try to dry up any flooding while you wait for the plumber to arrive.
If the flooding is not caused by a damaged pipe, track down the source and call an expert to help resolve the issue. Problems with the house’s foundation, for instance, can sometimes be a cause of flooding.
Dealing With Plumbing Emergencies
A minor leak may not seem like a big deal but, left unattended, it can create large problems. Whether it occurs at your home or business, always address leaks quickly.
- Turn off the water supply. This will prevent further damage from leaks and burst pipes. You can shut off the water running to specific fixtures or, if you can’t find the cause of the leak, shut off the main water supply.
- Assess the damage. When you call your insurance company or an emergency plumber, having more details when explaining the problem will help them understand the issue, bring the proper tools and fix the problem quickly.
- Call your water company. They may assume the costs for the repairs, especially if there is a problem with the sewer main.
- Call your insurance company. To help offset the costs of extensive work, it’s important to get your insurance company involved. Call them to explain the extent of the damage and take pictures to help them assess your claim.
- Call an emergency plumber. With 24/7 emergency services, an emergency plumber will be able to analyze the situation and fix the problem quickly.
Emergency Plumbing Repair: If You Need Us, We’ll Be There.
We can help you resolve an array of emergency plumbing problems and can assist you with repairs, cleanouts, burst water pipes, frozen lines, and backups in your sewer line and main line. If you need us, we will be there. Based in Hamilton, our services are available throughout the GTA and Southwestern Ontario, including:
- Stoney Creek
- St. Catharines
- Fort Erie
- Niagara Falls
- And surrounding areas
No problem is ever too difficult, simple, large or small for our team. We come equipped with a fully-stocked service vehicle to ensure you get the repairs you need, when you need them. Contact us to schedule your service appointment today.