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Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time. For such issues, urgent action is needed to avoid problems such as flooding and extensive water damage. In Canada, the average cost for simply drying out your property after a flood can set you back $2800; meanwhile, flooding with needed repairs due to water damage can cost up to $7800. Even seemingly minor issues can quickly escalate into an emergency – such as a small pipe crack or a frozen pipe could burst within minutes. 

Certain plumbing emergencies may also pose health risks to the inhabitants of the home or property. For instance, mould formation because of underlying pipe leaks can cause airway inflammation, throat irritation, and reduced lung function. In some severe cases, air-borne contaminants from the sewage can cause cramping, fever, vomiting, and severe gastroenteritis.

It’s very important to recognize these plumbing emergencies and to contact an emergency plumber as soon as possible. In such cases, local residents can count on our 24/7 emergency plumbing services.

Fast and Effective Emergency Plumbing Services

Our licensed professional emergency plumbers are available to assist you at any time of the day or night if you encounter a plumbing emergency.

Simply call the dedicated hotline that corresponds to the area in which you live. We will then instruct you on what you need to do while the plumber is on the way. Because of our localized approach, we have a team of emergency plumbers for every area we serve; meaning you can count on their prompt arrival. Our licensed plumbers have years of experience and will be able to effectively assess any type of plumbing problem and offer the best solution.

When Should You Call An Emergency Plumber?

It’s important to note that plumbing emergencies can come in many forms. Some of these emergencies may be obvious due to the immediate risk of flooding, water damage, and/or health issues. The most common ones include:

  • Burst pipes
  • Failed pipe joints with heavy leaking
  • Overflowing toilet
  • Sewage smell from the toilet
  • Overworked sump pump

Other plumbing emergencies appear to be small issues at first but can escalate quickly. These include the following:

  • Frozen pipes that can burst
  • Visibly leaking or hidden leaking pipes that cannot be visually assessed and are in danger of bursting
  • Water heater malfunction (especially during the colder months) can cause all your pipes to be susceptible to freezing and bursting

The third kind of plumbing emergency includes the ones related to the needs of your home or business. Here are a few examples:

  • Malfunction of plumbing fixtures in your home that causes grave inconvenience
  • Clogged sinks in the kitchen of your food establishment that slows down operations
  • Malfunction of bathroom fixtures in your apartment, hotel, or food establishment that will cause customer dissatisfaction

Even if you’re not sure that you are dealing with what technically counts as “a plumbing emergency” you can still give us a call. We will be more than happy to help and advise you on the next steps. 

Our Emergency Plumbing Services

We pride ourselves on being one of the top-rated plumbing companies in Hamilton, Oakville, and Burlington, supplying professional and prompt service for when you need it most. From issues with your hot water tank to a leaking pipe that’s causing flooding in your basement, you can rely on us to take care of any emergency plumbing issues you may have.

We provide emergency plumbing services for the following common plumbing problems:

1. Plumbing Repairs and Replacements

Plumbing systems encompass your pipe network and adjacent devices such as faucets, toilets, water heaters and sump pumps. If you have any urgent issues related to the breakdown or malfunction of any of these components, we provide 24 hour emergency plumbing repairs that will help!

2. Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks can occur on both exposed pipes and pipes within the wall. In both cases, these leaks can get worse and the water pressure can cause the pipe to burst. Be especially wary of leaks that are within the wall as these only exhibit observable signs (warping, peeling, etc.) when the leak has been ongoing for a long while. Therefore, these are more likely to burst sooner than later. Our emergency plumbers can assess any type of leak and give you the best options for repair or replacement. 

3. Frozen or Burst Pipes

Frozen pipes typically occur in uninsulated areas. In some cases, however, pipes within the walls can also freeze – especially external walls. Urgent action is needed to thaw out frozen pipes so that they don’t burst. Our emergency plumbers can locate and thaw your frozen pipes quickly with specialized equipment. They are also prepared to repair or replace pipes that already burst. 

4. Dirty or Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can cause many inconveniences that your home or establishment may not be able to deal with. Furthermore, what may seem like a dirty drain due to a lingering sewage smell may actually be a sewage leak that can cause health issues. No matter what plumbing emergency you are facing regarding clogged or dirty drains, our plumbing experts have the equipment and techniques to effectively and quickly handle the problem.  

Why Choose 1st Rooter Plumbing

Experienced Professional Emergency Plumbers

For over 25 years, 1st Rooter Plumbing has provided top-notch emergency plumbing services to the residents of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and the GTA. Our professional plumbers are also seasoned experts in the industry. So whatever kind of plumbing emergency you are facing, we will be able to send someone who can handle it effectively. 

Up-to-Date Techniques and Enduring Plumbing Solutions

We make it a point to constantly improve the quality of our service. Therefore, we make sure that we use the most up-to-date techniques and equipment so that we can serve you efficiently and provide solutions that are built to last. 

Competitive Pricing and Transparency

We strive to continuously offer fair and competitive rates for our customers. We also give full, upfront transparency regarding pricing. Know that when you bring your business to us, you won’t need to worry about surprise charges and hidden fees. 

24/7 Availability if You’re Experiencing a Plumbing Emergency

We offer 24/7 plumbing services. Anytime that you need our help, simply give us a call and we’ll be there.

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    You can expect a response from our team within the hour that you contacted us. We also prioritize based on the plumbing issue’s level of urgency, therefore, you can be sure that your emergency issue will be handled promptly.

    You will be advised on what steps to take once you reach us through our hotline. If, for any reason, you cannot get in touch with us by phone, please follow these steps on how to shut off the main water valve in your home to prevent further flooding:

    • Locate your water shut off valve. It may be in your basement, near the water heater, in the garage, or in a covered box buried in the ground near the street in front of your house (you may need a special meter key for this option).
    • Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water. Most valves located in the house can be turned by hand but for valves located outside, you may need a crescent wrench.

    If you are trying to avoid a frozen pipe from bursting, time is of the essence. Unfortunately, frozen pipes within the wall take more time to be located than exposed pipes. Though our emergency plumbers will be with you as soon as possible, here are steps you can take to help speed up the process: 

    • Check to see if all faucets and showers on the floor are affected by the frozen pipe
    • Test to see if faucets and showers on other floors in your home are also affected

    By taking note of these findings, you can communicate them with the plumber and this will speed up the process of locating the frozen pipes once they arrive.