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How Emergency Plumbing Situations Arise

Your home’s appliances have a shelf life. Over time they will eventually fail and they have the potential to cause significant damage to your home. To protect your home you should conduct regular inspections and maintenance of your appliances to keep them in working order and stave off any issues that could compromise your home. Learn how common household appliances have the potential to flood your home and when you should reach out to an emergency plumber.

Dishwasher Flooding Causes

  • A faulty pump or broken seal can allow water to leak under your dishwasher undetected.
  • A crack or tear in the inlet hose can allow water to escape and pool under the dishwasher.
  • The spray arm in your dishwasher can become cracked or warped, causing water to spray toward the bottom of the door where there is no gasket to keep water in. This can cause water to leak out onto your kitchen floor.
  • Overloading your machine with too much soap or detergent can allow sudsy water to escape your dishwasher.
  • The dishwasher’s door gasket can be compromised, creating a loose seal and allowing water to escape.

Toilet Flooding Causes

  • If your wax seal is compromised between your floor and the base of the toilet, it can cause water to escape every time you flush. This will result in water escaping around your toilet and potential damage to your subfloor.
  • A toilet that is cracked can allow water to escape onto your bathroom floor.
  • The water valve that connects to your toilet can be compromised and begin to leak.
  • A clogged toilet whether from human waste to a foreign object can back up your toilet and cause it to overflow.

Washing Machine Flooding Causes

  • Your water supply hoses can develop a leak and flood your laundry room.
  • The washing machine drain hose can split over time, which will allow water to leak when the washing machine drains the excess water prior to the spin cycle.
  • The drain pump seal can crack with age and allow water to drip out.
  • Excess detergent can cause the washing machine to overflow.

Water Heater Flooding Causes

  • The water heaters' temperature pressure relief valve and/or drain valve can develop a leak over time.
  • The heating element gasket can leak in electric water heaters.
  • The water heater supply pipes can cause water to drip and pool around the water heater.
  • Lastly, your water heater tank can fail due to corrosion. This could potentially flood your garage and/or house.

When to Call an Emergency Plumber

With regular inspections, you will notice when a problem arises. If you notice water dripping or pooling you should contact a Jacksonville emergency plumber immediately. Being per-cautious is always the right course of action to take to protect your family and your investment. A small leak can become a HUGE problem over time, potentially causing significant damage to your home's structure and mold growth.

On the other hand, if you have a catastrophic failure and water is flooding your home, your first step should be to find your home's main water valve and turn it off. This will help stop any further water from entering your home, and could significantly limit the amount of damage to your home. You should then contact an emergency plumbing contractor to come out and fix your problem.

Jacksonville Emergency Plumbing Contractor

If you are in need of emergency plumbing services due to water intrusion from an appliance, toilet, pipe, etc…contact Metro Rooter today for all of your plumbing needs. We are one of the largest plumbing companies in Jacksonville and are available 24/7 for all of your plumbing and septic needs. Call us today (904) 567-3775

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