While performing routine plumbing maintenance helps keep your residential plumbing system working well, it doesn't completely rule out the chance of a plumbing emergency. Emergency plumbing situations can occur at any moment, prompting you to contact an emergency plumber for help.

Here are some common plumbing mishaps that may warrant the services of an emergency plumber.

A Running Toilet

A normally functioning toilet only runs when it is being used. The annoying noise you hear right after you flush the toilet indicates that the toilet tank is filling up for the next flush. If you hear the water running even after the tank is completely full, then you most likely have a running toilet.

A variety of problems may cause toilets to keep running. The most likely culprits include:

  • The flapper is leaking.
  • The float height needs to be properly adjusted.
  • The flush valve is failing.
  • The refill tube needs to be shortened.

Since diagnosing the cause of a running toilet can be a confusing task, it is a good idea to let a professional plumber deal with the issue on your behalf. You don't want your water bills to significantly go up because your toilet couldn't stop running.

A Broken Water Supply Line

You require a steady supply of clean water to perform daily household activities like cooking, bathing, showering, dishwashing, and doing laundry. If you're getting little or no water at all from your cold water taps, you may have a leak in your water supply line. 

Before you can bring in a professional plumber to detect and fix it, make sure that the issue is unique to your home and doesn't affect the entire neighbourhood. Also, check whether the water pressure regulator is fully open and not fully or partially closed.

Having Little or No Hot Water

Getting little or no hot water flow from your hot water supply? Nothing ruins a morning like realising you'll have to take a cold shower before starting your day. It's even worse when you have huge piles of dirty laundry waiting to be washed and dried. 

Regardless of the reason you need hot water, there's no good timing for a water heater malfunction. If the problem arises, you'll need to get it fixed right away in order to quickly restore your hot water supply.

If you encounter these or other plumbing emergencies in your home, don't hesitate to contact an emergency plumber close to you.