3 Emergency Plumbing Situations

Plumbing emergencies can be scary and frustrating because not everyone is a plumber and often when a plumbing emergency does occur, a plumber may not be available to fix it. Plumbing emergencies can occur at any time and knowing what the most common emergencies are can be helpful to anyone who is concerned about them occurring.

Plumbing issues can be caused by anything at any time and it's very hard to predict when they will happen. It is likely that plumbing problems will arise when someone is least expecting them.

Today, we will discuss what the most common plumbing emergencies are and what a person can do when they happen. Read more below!

3 emergency plumbing situations

Burst pipes

The pipes often burst due to weather conditions. During colder months, the water within the pipes often freezes causing the pipes to expand, thus bursting. When water freezes, within a tightly enclosed space (like pipes), it causes pressure to be pushed outward onto the pipes which leads to them bursting.

It's best to shut off the water supply when this happens so that the water stops flowing. When the pipes burst, it is likely that water will go everywhere causing a mess and possible flooding. Shutting off the water supply will ensure that the water doesn't cause further problems.

Clogged drains

Another common plumbing emergency is when drains throughout a home or business are clogged. Kitchen drains often get clogged from grease or food being thrown down the drain. Shower or sink drains typically get clogged when hair or other particles get stuck down into the drain. Most people don't usually realize that they are clogging drains because most things that go down them are safe.

It's best to try and use a chemical or product that can unclog the drains, such as draino or a similar liquid. It has also been said that boiling hot water or vinegar can help unclog drains if one does not have any chemicals or products within their home.


Leaking within a plumbing fixture will often occur when something is blocking an opening. When something is in the way of an opening, the liquid or water will go elsewhere causing an overflow, thus leading to leaking.

It's best to check the fixture and make sure that there isn't hair, food or products that aren't meant to be flushed stuck within the pipes that may be causing the leaking to occur. It's important that plumbing fixtures are able to have things flow through them safely and efficiently.

Plumbing issues can be difficult to fix because a number of things could be wrong when a plumbing issue occurs. However, a plumber may not always be available so being aware of what the most common emergencies are when it comes to plumbing can be helpful later on the down line.

If you have more questions about plumbing emergencies and what to do when one happens then reach out to us today. We are happy to help in any way that we can!

Request an appointment here: or call Prodigy Plumbing Inc at (562) 457-4206 for an appointment in our Cerritos office.

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