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What Is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

A plumbing issue can crop up at any moment, and it’s never pleasant when it happens. Even a minor issue like a leaky pipe can damage your home, but the issue isn’t always so simple. A plumbing emergency can lead to serious damage within your home, or expensive pipe, drain, and fixture repairs.

In a plumbing crisis, acting fast can save you a lot of money in repairs. The experts at Guin Service are here to discuss what constitutes a plumbing emergency, and three common plumbing problems that may require calling a plumber for back-up.

What Is a Plumbing Emergency?

While any plumbing issue may be alarming to find, they’re not always considered a plumbing emergency. A dripping leak isn’t going to put your house in any immediate danger, although it may damage furniture around it.

A plumbing emergency would be something that puts the residents of the house in danger or one that risks serious damage to your property. These can happen as a result of misuse of the features in your home, natural disasters, or just aging pipes through years of use.


As mentioned before, a dripping pipe isn’t going likely to be considered a plumbing emergency. Something like this can be easily slowed down using a bowl or container to catch the water while you wait for your plumber to be available to fix it. On the other hand, sometimes leaks in pipes can be much more alarming. Pipes that are spraying water out in large quantities must be fixed immediately.

Damage isn’t the only risk when dealing with a burst pipe. The amount of water leaking out of your pipe will still contribute to your water bill, meaning that the longer you wait to contact your plumber, the more the damage is going to cost you.

Leaks in pipes can be caused by several factors like worn down pipes, frozen pipes, or blockages. No matter the cause, you should make sure you call Guin Service at 205-407-1754 for an emergency plumbing repair.
That’s not just water pipes, but your gas pipes, too. In fact, a leak in your gas pipes can be very dangerous. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, leave your property immediately and call your local gas company first. Then, wait for your plumber to arrive and assess the situation.

Clogged Drains

While you may not think it at first, clogged drains may actually constitute a plumbing emergency. They may not threaten damage to your home, but they may cause a sanitation issue. If you’ve tried everything you can to unclog your drain, it may be time to call for a plumbing repair. A clogged toilet can make your home difficult to live in, as well as clogged drains in your sink and bathtub. If the issue has persisted, or if you have multiple clogging drains throughout your home, this could be a sign of a larger issue within your system. Make sure you notify your plumber.

Sewage Backup

It can be easy to take your sewage system for granted, until you can’t flush your toilet properly or drain your bathtub without problem. If you notice any appliance overflowing with water, call a plumber immediately. Some of the common appliances that overflow from sewage backup include the toilet, sink, and bathtub.

If you’re noticing some water, but not an active overflow, you may be able to plunge to push the back-up away. If your plunger fails to remove the blockage, call a plumber in for backup. A professional plumber can locate the backup, remove the blockage, and offer advice to avoid a backup in the future.

Plumbing Solutions with Guin Service

No matter the day or time, our team at Guin can help you. If you experience a plumbing emergency, our on-call technician is readily available to assist any customers with their emergency repair needs. Or, if you have a small plumbing problem, our technicians are happy to evaluate the problem and offer expert advice at a fair price. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Guin Service for all your plumbing needs!

Five-Star Plumbing Advice at Guin Service

With over 60 years of experience, our team can tackle any plumbing or HVAC problem you may have. We offer 24/7 emergency service within our area, and will make sure the job is done right. Call us at 205-407-1741 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with Guin Service today!

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