When it comes to plumbing issues, most homeowners are all “thumbs” and have problems distinguishing between what constitutes an emergency compared to something more common that they nonetheless believe requires emergency plumbing assistance. If you have to get to work and the bathroom sink has sprung a leak, that more than likely amounts to a grave situation but is one that a qualified plumber can handle quickly and at a reasonable expense.
At New Canadian Drain & Plumbing, we are the number one drain and plumbing expert in the Greater Toronto Area, and we never charge extra for weekend or evening service — whether it is a true crisis or not.
As homeowners ourselves and respected members of the community, we understand how stressful some house repairs can be, particularly when it comes to leaky plumbing, clogged drains, or a shower head with low pressure. We get calls every day from panicked homeowners about different plumbing problems and how they can be fixed, whether they can be handled without the aid of a plumber, and so forth. We would never presume to tell someone what qualifies as a crisis or whether emergency plumbing service is required. Instead, we will evaluate the problem ourselves, and offer an estimate and possible resolution afterward.
If you have watched HGTV Canada, you know New Canadian Drain & Plumbing has been featured in several videos where we walk homeowners through common plumbing problems and how they can be solved.
Here are some typical emergency plumbing issues we come across:
- Odd sounds coming from the toilet after it has been flushed. Based on our experience, the villain in this episode is probably a damaged fill valve than can be replaced by nearly any homeowner. This probably does not qualify for emergency plumbing service, and we would be happy to discuss something like this over the telephone at 416-651-2990 or 416-462-3212.
- Running toilets are not really an emergency plumbing problem, either, but nonetheless drive up the average water bill if left unattended. By how much? According to some estimates, a toilet that is allowed to run for 24 hours after being flushed can waste as much as 200 gallons of water! The likely cause is a bad flapper.
- All kidding aside, it is obvious that toilets are the source of foul odors for obvious reasons, but if you notice a raw sewage smell coming from the toilet or tub or shower drain, this could be a sign of a defective wax ring, burst pipe, or low water level in the toilet bowl.
- A clogged or overflowing toilet is a source of panic for many homeowners and is one of the biggest reasons people call us for emergency plumbing services. In many cases, toilet paper or other waste products are stuck in the pipes and need to be forcibly removed.
- A toilet that doesn’t flush properly is another reason customers call for emergency plumbing services. In many cases, the problem is the little float ball in the toilet tank that needs to be adjusted; unfortunately, this is more art than science and often requires several attempts to get it right and the water level properly regulated with each flush.
- We often get calls about water temperatures that fluctuate. This may be the result of two or more plumbing fixtures competing for water at the same time or, unfortunately, clogged, rusty, or corroded plumbing pipes could be the real villain. A worn shut off value or bad water heater could be the issue, too.
At New Canadian Drain & Plumbing, we have seen just about every kind of problem you can imagine that results in calls for plumbing service. Foul odors that emanate from the bathtub or shower could be the result of a broken or leaky trap. Drains pipes get plugged up all the time, often filled with bodily fats, grease, hair, and other items and need to be removed.
If you are experiencing a problem with a sink, toilet, tub, shower, or pipes and need immediate help, call New Canadian Drain & Plumbing today for a free estimate at 416-651-2990 or 416-462-3212. Our licensed and bonded expert plumbers can also be reached via Facebook and Twitter.