No homeowner wants to be caught in the middle of a plumbing emergency — they’re stress-inducing, costly, and they can make normal life miserable. Knowing which plumbing emergencies to expect gives homeowners the upper hand and the opportunity to take precautionary measures in order to avoid a disaster. Our plumbing company sees all kinds of emergencies, but here are the four most common to be on the lookout for.

When an emergency does occur, you deserve quick, effective solutions from professional plumbers. At Quality Plumbing of Gainesville, Inc., we strive to provide every homeowner with emergency plumbing services that go above and beyond. Don’t wait — contact us today for 24/7 emergency services or to learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services.

Clogged Drains

Homeowners rely on sink drains in their kitchen and bathroom to make life easier, so when they become clogged it can be quite a nuisance. Luckily, clogged sink drains are somewhat avoidable, especially in the kitchen. Don’t toss grease, food scraps, coffee grounds, or other dense substances down the drain. In the bathroom, regularly remove soap scum and hair from the shower drain as well as the sink drain. However, even with all these preventative measures, sometimes there’s a clog too big to remove on your own that might indicate an underlying issue. In this case, contact our plumbers and schedule emergency plumbing services right away.

Leaky Faucets

The drip, drip, drip from a faucet might not cause immediate concern, but that water adds up, translating to higher costs for homeowners on their water bill. The key to preventing an annoying plumbing problem in your bathroom or kitchen is to identify the cause. There are three main causes of a leaky faucet: a loose or worn out O-ring, a corroded valve seat, and a worn-out or improperly installed washer. A faulty O-ring is the reason homeowners hear the persistent drip, drip, drip sound and it can also cause a leak near the handle. Alternatively, corroded valve seats or worn-out washers can cause leaking near the spout. Don’t attempt to fix your faucet alone — get the help you need from our plumbers!

Water Heater Problems

A water heater is necessary to help everyone in the home maintain normalcy — from enjoying a hot shower to washing dirty clothes on the hot cycle. When a water heater doesn’t work correctly, it can disrupt that normalcy. Frequent causes of water heater malfunction range from small fixes to large-scale problems and include the cold and hot water inlet leaking (a fix homeowners can do themselves), a broken temperature and pressure relief valve or heater drain valve, and leaking from the bottom of the water heater, which can only be completely fixed by our team of plumbers. Call us immediately if you experience water heater problems.

Overflowing Toilets

Is your toilet not flushing, continuously flushing, clogged, or making strange noises? Those are all clear signs your toilet needs repairs. No matter the problem with your toilet, the first step is to stop the water flow immediately. Homeowners can do this by shutting off the water valve. The water valve is located at the bottom of the water line on the side of the toilet and should be turned completely counterclockwise. Once the water flow to the toilet is stopped, the clog or mechanism failure can be addressed. Some toilet clogs can be fixed with a plunger or auger, but it’s better to be cautious and get the help of one of our experienced plumbers.