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One thing a Memphis homeowner never wants to come home to after a long day at work is water damage in their home. Cabinets, drywall, and expensive electronic equipment are some of the many things that can be quickly destroyed by leaky pipes and backed-up drains. Water damage can leave lasting damage and is one of the leading causes of deterioration and dangerous mold growth in ceilings and walls. The best thing to do to prevent water damage is to have a plan in place if a plumbing emergency does happen. Below are the most common causes of plumbing emergencies.

Backed-Up Drains

Backed-up drains are an inconvenience for the whole family. Sinks are necessary for everything from good personal hygiene to cleaning dishes. When you’re trying to get ready for work and your children are running late for school, no one has time to sit at a sink waiting for it to slowly drain. Furthermore, there is more at stake than just wasted time. Stagnant water that sits in sinks too long does damage to the bowl and backed-up drains are much more prone to leaks when water isn’t flowing the way it should.

Clogged Toilets

Toilets may be one of the most underappreciated parts of a house. It is likely no one in your family gives it much thought until it stops working. Once that happens, it can throw a whole household into disarray. A clogged toilet is a problem that must be taken care of immediately, because not only is water damage to your bathroom an issue but, if backed-up sewage seeps into your house, not only is it a smelly problem, but it’s a dangerous one too. It can flood your bathroom with bacteria that are hard to get rid of and pose a threat to the health of the whole household.

A Water Heater That Leaks

Hot water is another thing a family is likely to take for granted until they no longer have it. Damaged water heaters can be the culprit of no hot water. However, if you only notice a leaking water heater because of a lack of hot water, substantial water damage may have already been done. A good habit to get into is periodically checking your water heater for any small leaks or listening for suspicious noises. Keep in mind that a leaking water heater means that you may be paying for hot water that is getting wasted.

Damaged Washing Machine Hoses

Leaky washing machine hoses are a problem that can sneak up you quickly. Because washing machines use large amounts of water that drain from them rapidly, even small cracks will lead to big flooding in a very short amount of time. However, washing machine hoses are one of the more neglected components of plumbing, as many people forget to check on their condition. It never hurts to sneak a look behind the machine every once in a while and see the condition of the hoses.

Burst Pipes

Burst pipes may be the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “plumbing emergency.” There is a reason that this is on the top of the list. A burst pipe can flood your home and start causing costly damage in a matter of minutes. The good news is that there is one easy step you can take to help mitigate that damage should this emergency ever happen, and that is to learn where the home’s water shut-off valve is. You may want to make sure everyone in your household knows where it is, too, and make sure you all know how to shut it off.
Whether your leaks are big or small, it is important that you take care of them immediately to prevent further damage. Professional installation and maintenance are your best defense against these plumbing emergencies, and we at Premier Plumbing & Mechanical can take care of all your needs. We’re a family company and understand what healthy plumbing means to your family, so contact us today.

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