Emergency Plumbing FAQ

The Experts Answer Your Questions About Emergency Plumbing

Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time, and Mike Counsil Plumber is here for you 24/7. We know you have questions about plumbing emergencies. Clogged toilets and drains, water leaks, frozen pipes, and gas leaks can all constitute plumbing emergencies. We’ve prepared answers to your frequently asked questions, such as what constitutes a plumbing emergency, the most common household plumbing problem, how to winterize your pipes, what a change in your home’s water pressure signifies, what to do if a pipe bursts or a storm drain overflows, and how to get air out of water pipes. Read over these questions and contact us if you need emergency service.

What is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

So, how do you know if you have a plumbing emergency on your hands? The best way to answer this question is by going through a quick checklist in your head. If there’s a risk of flooding, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Flooding can cause property damage and become a safety concern. Sewer backups can be considered emergencies because they can create a health hazard and render bathrooms unusable. Being without water can be regarded as an emergency. The risk of a burst pipe should be addressed immediately because it can cause flooding quickly. Less urgent plumbing problems can be handled by making an appointment with Mike Counsil Plumbing. These issues include preventative maintenance, slow running drain clogs, inspections, appliance installation, and minor repairs. In short, ask yourself if the problem can wait. If not, contact us right away. Our team is experienced in emergency and routine plumbing issues, and we’ll be able to tell you whether you have a true plumbing emergency on your hands. If so, we’ll be on our way immediately at any time of day.

What are the Most Common Household Plumbing Problems?

Your home’s plumbing is a rather complicated system, and a lot can go wrong. The most common plumbing issues include dripping faucets, slow draining sinks, clogged bath or shower drains, clogged or running toilets, faulty water heaters, low water pressure, and jammed garbage disposals. The good news is that most of these issues do not constitute an emergency and can be easily remedied by the professional plumbers at Mike Counsil Plumbing.

How Can I Winterize My Pipes?

Start by shutting off the main water valve and turning off the water pump and water heater. Next, open all drain valves and taps. From there, use air compressors to blow excess water out of your pipes. Finally, open the drain valve in your hot water tank and allow it to discharge until empty. If this sounds like a lot of work or you aren’t’ confident, allow our team to winterize your pipes for you.

What Does a Change in My Home’s Water Pressure Signify?

Fluctuating water pressure in your home can signify air being trapped in your pipes. You can check your water pressure with a pressure gauge, and the ideal reading should be 45 to 55 psi. Anything over 80 psi tends to wear out the washers on your plumbing fixtures. Contact our team if you notice frequent changes in your home’s water pressure.

What Do I Do if a Pipe Bursts in My Home?

The first thing to do when a pipe bursts in your home is to give Mike Counsil Plumbing a call. While we’re on the way, turn off your water main. Drain your faucets, starting with the cold taps. Turn off the heat and then drain your hot taps. Clean up the mess as best you can, and we should be there in no time.

How Do You Get Air Out of Water Pipes?

There are a number of steps to take if you want to get rid of air in your water pipes. Start by shutting off the main water valve. If you don’t know how to do so, just turn it as far as it will go clockwise. Next, you’ll want to open all the faucets in your home. Now turn the main water supply back on after the water stops coming through any faucets. Finally, turn the faucets off one by one when a steady flow of water is coming from all of them. If this isn’t in your wheelhouse, our professional plumbers can handle the job for you.