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When Is a Plumbing Repair an Emergency?

Some plumbing repairs are simple enough that you can handle them by yourself as a homeowner. Others are a little more serious and require professional attention, but don’t necessarily qualify as an emergency. But sometimes, you have a full-blown plumbing emergency that requires attention as soon as you can get one of our technicians into your home.

You can keep reading to learn more about when you need to give our team a call to schedule an appointment with an emergency plumber in Memphis, TN. We’re also highlighting a few tips for how you can handle a plumbing emergency until our team can arrive to help out.

Major Water Leaks

If you have a major leak that you cannot use a temporary fix for, that’s definitely a plumbing emergency. For example, if you have a small leak that is dripping under a sink but you can put a bucket underneath it to catch the water until we can arrive, that’s not necessarily a plumbing emergency. 

But if you have a pipe burst that is flooding an area of your home, that’s definitely a plumbing emergency. You need to locate the shut-off valve for your water supply and turn the water off to your home to prevent additional damage.

Interruptions to Service

We have homeowners call from time to time because they’re experiencing low water pressure for some reason. This is a fairly normal service call. But if your water stops working completely or slows to a trickle, that’s a major red flag that something is wrong with the water lines leading into your home. Not having water service is definitely a reason to call us for an emergency plumbing appointment. 

We often find that there are obstructions in the main water lines that lead to low water pressure. One common example of this is a tree root growing through the waterline. If the damage gets significant enough, it can impact the water being able to have strong enough pressure to enter your home. Instead, it’s leaking out into your yard.

Repairs That Can’t Wait

Simply put, any plumbing problem that you do not have a temporary workaround for is a plumbing emergency. If you have a tough clog in a drain that you cannot fix, that may not be a plumbing emergency. 

You can probably use other sinks in your home until it gets fixed. But if you are experiencing slow drains across your entire home or water backing up into the drains, that’s a plumbing emergency and a reason to call our team right away. 

Since 1943, it’s been Automatic in Memphis! Contact the experts at Automatic Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for plumbing repairs.

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