Plumbing emergencies are serious plumbing issues that require immediate attention to avoid extensive damage to property or inhabitant health. These issues can strike at any time of the day or night, and can even happen to the most prepared plumbing systems. Due to the unpredictable nature of weather in Hamilton and the GTA, pipes can be exposed to temperature extremes as well as excessive water flow. Either or both of these things can cause a plumbing emergency that can damage your property and prevent you from using the plumbing system at all. 1st Rooter are the experts in dealing with all plumbing emergencies in Hamilton, with true 24/7 availability to protect your home from damage.
A plumbing emergency is any plumbing issue that arises and causes excessive water or sewage to leak into areas that they are not supposed to. These situations also often render an entire plumbing system unusable until the issue has been solved to prevent further damage to the property. These situations are serious and need to be dealt with immediately so that your home does not suffer further damage and you can return to using your plumbing system. There are many different kinds of plumbing emergencies that range in severity and complexity. Some of the most common ones in Hamilton include:
A familiar concern for many Canadians is the dreaded frozen pipe during the coldest months. Frozen pipes occur when a section of your plumbing is exposed to sub zero temperatures, causing the water in the pipe to freeze. This can occur outside or inside the home, and has serious consequences. As water freezes, it expands and can put up to 30,000 pounds per square inch of pressure on your pipes. No pipes are able to withstand this level of pressure, and the end result is often a burst pipe. While the pipe remains frozen there will not be any obvious leakage or water damage, however, the fixture the pipe services will no longer work. Once the pipe begins to thaw, water will leak out of the broken pipe and this can cause significant damage. Hamilton residents need an expert plumber to turn off the water flow, slowly thaw a frozen pipe, and replace the broken section with a new pipe.
Similar to the issues described above, a broken water heater is of particular concern during the winter months. Your water heater not only gives you nice warm showers and dishwashing power, they are also essential for preventing frozen pipes from forming. Without a water heater, the water in your pipes is subjected to the ambient temperature, and in the dead of winter this can plummet to well below zero. This can present the risk of frozen and burst pipes, but also prevents you from using your shower or bath with hot water. This can severely impact your daily routine and comfort in your own home, and must be dealt with immediately. Some water heater issues can be repaired without the need to replace the unit. Sometimes a new water heater must be installed to resume regular function. 1st Rooter has decades of experience installing the latest electric water heaters in any configuration to help Hamilton residents recover from their plumbing emergency.
Sewer lines and pumps are some of the most unpleasant to think about, but most essential elements of any plumbing system. When a sewer line or sewage pump backs up or stops working, you will notice it immediately. This is one of the most serious plumbing emergencies you can experience, as the emerging raw sewage can damage not only your home, but your family’s health as well. This situation can render not only your plumbing unusable, but your entire home as well. 1st Rooter is highly experienced in dealing quickly with sewage back ups in Hamilton and the GTA. We isolate the issue and clear the blockage as soon as possible to prevent any further overflow. We then clean up any spilled sewage and sanitize the area to make it safe for your family again.
Spring melts and thunderstorms are a particular risk in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Southern Ontario is famous for its ravines, which create pooling spots that can be subjected to localized flooding during the first big melt or heavy downpour in spring. This can be particularly taxing on basement sump pumps in affected areas, as the machines work overtime to try and remove water from the lowest point of the house to prevent flooding. If they work too hard, they can become overworked and stop functioning properly, leading to a build up water and potential flooding in the basement. This can cause significant and possibly dangerous water damage to building foundations, requiring urgent attention by a licensed professional. 1st Rooter has a team of plumbers in Burlington that are experts in dealing with sump pump repair, replacement, and optimization.
Many homeowners may be inclined to attempt to solve a plumbing emergency themselves to avoid the cost of hiring a professional. While there are some cases where a little bit of know-how and the right tools can help you avoid catastrophe, most plumbing emergencies will require expert intervention to prevent more significant damage from occurring. Switching off the water main can be confusing, and thawing a pipe the correct way is vital to avoiding more damage to your home. Sewer back ups are potentially dangerous situations for untrained individuals to handle, as they involve coming into direct contact with harmful bacteria and chemicals. Our Hamilton plumbers are fully licensed and trained to handle these situations to prevent your family from being exposed to these dangerous substances. We will clear the blockage and repair the sewer line before cleaning up the waste water left behind. This leaves your home in a safe state and ready for your family to continue living in it again.
Plumbing emergencies need to be dealt with as soon as possible, or damage could spread quickly and cost thousands more in repairs. This means that whenever an emergency plumbing situation arises, it cannot wait hours for a solution. At 1st Rooter, we are known for our true 24/7 emergency plumbing services in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Local residents know that they can call our dedicated emergency plumbing hotline and be connected with a licensed professional plumber immediately, whether it’s the middle of the night or Christmas morning. We make it our top priority to be at your home within the hour, and isolate the source of the issue as soon as possible. No matter when your issue strikes, you can rest easy knowing a Hamilton plumber is just a phone call away.
One source of plumbing emergencies that many homes in Hamilton and the GTA may be susceptible to is due to Kitec plumbing. Kitec was a brand name for a type of cross-linked polymer plastic piping that was popular in Canada and the United States from 1995 to 2007. During this time, tens of thousands of homes were built or retrofitted with the new piping material, which promised reduced corrosion and greater longevity compared to other piping materials. Unfortunately, this was found to be false and Kitec pipes were actually bursting at a rate far faster than conventional piping. Kitec eventually set up a $100 million dollar fund for affected individuals and went out of business, but with over 90,000 suspected claimants, the amount due to each individual is minimal. 1st Rooter has been replacing Kitec plumbing since 2007, and we have extensive experience with all the warning signs of this particular brand. We will perform a full audit of your system to determine which elements at most at risk. We will put together a plan for replacing your plumbing system to minimise expense and downtime so you can stop worry about when your plumbing emergency will happen.If you are in need of an experienced plumber in Hamilton or the GTA for your plumbing emergency, contact us today.