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As a homeowner, you count on your household plumbing system for hot showers, efficient laundry machines, and of course functional toilets. Even the most carefully maintained home may eventually experience a plumbing emergency, resulting in the loss of water or other unwanted consequences.

It may be helpful to know some of the most common plumbing emergencies that homeowners in Indianapolis experience. If you ever experience any of them yourself, make sure you know a trustworthy Indianapolis plumbing company you can call. Carter’s My Plumber is a family-owned company with decades of experience, and we are happy to provide rapid response services for any residential or business plumbing emergencies.

What are the Most Common Plumbing Emergencies in Indianapolis?

Consider just a few of the most typical plumbing emergencies that homeowners in Central Indiana face.

Sewer System Backup

This is something no homeowner ever wants to experience: Sewage that actually backs into the house rather than being properly carried outside and into the sewer system. Some common signs that your sewer system is backing up include multiple drain clogs, foul odors, and water pooling around your basement floor drain. There’s no way around it: Dealing with a sewer system backup tends to be costly, to say nothing of inconvenience. Still, it’s definitely an issue where you’ll want to call a professional plumbing company ASAP.

No Hot Water

Nothing’s more frustrating than stepping into the shower only to find that there’s no hot water. A lack of hot water can slow your family life considerably, making this qualify as a real emergency. The underlying issue could be an electrical problem, a water heater malfunction, or even a problem with your utility company. A trained plumber can help you figure out how to proceed.

Ruptured Pipes

This problem is most common during Indiana’s brutal winters. If you have water in an external pipe and it freezes, it could cause the entire pipe to burst. Without a prompt replacement, this could result in significant water damage down the road. It’s crucial to have burst pipes promptly evaluated and addressed by a skilled plumber.

Broken Water Lines

Underground water lines can break for any number of reasons, from stray tree roots to poorly-aimed shovels. When you have a water line that breaks, it may result in low water pressure, contaminated water quality, and marshy areas throughout your yard. It’s imperative to get a professional plumber on the scene right away.

Leaky Water Heater

You may discover that your water heater is leaking due to inconsistent temperatures, or simply due to pooled water around your unit. This definitely warrants a call to your plumber. Sometimes the valve itself can be replaced, which is a fairly easy fix. If the entire unit has rusted through, however, then you will need to have a new water heater installed.

Leaky Faucets or Toilets

At first, a leaky faucet or toilet may seem like a nuisance, not a true emergency. And while you can probably hold off on calling the plumber until regular, daylight hours, the truth is leaks warrant a rapid response. That’s because a letting leaks continue can cause water damage, it can attract mold, and more.

Clogged Bathroom and Shower Drains

If you have standing water, slow drains, or gurgling sounds in your bathroom drains, that’s something you’ll want to have fixed as quickly as possible. The issue is usually just a buildup of hair and soap scum, but in worst-case scenarios it may be the beginning of a more serious sewer backup problem.

Clogged Sinks

Again, you may assume clogged sinks are more of a nuisance than an emergency. Having said that, letting clogged sinks go unaddressed may eventually result in stopped water flow, which can inhibit your day-to-day activities. Make sure you get a plumber on the scene sooner rather than later.

Choose a Trusted Plumber for Your Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies are never welcome, yet promptly calling an experienced plumber can ensure a speedy resolution. If you’re in Indianapolis and need help addressing a plumbing emergency, reach out to Carter’s My Plumber. Our team has the skill and experience needed to help you navigate difficult issues as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Contact us at any time for a resolution to your plumbing emergency!

Kelson Carter

Article reviewed by:

Kelson Carter, aka, The Prince of Plumbing

Kelson is a 3rd generation Plumbing Contractor. His family business is located in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides Residential Plumbing Service to the Indianapolis Metro market.

Kelson grew up watching his grandfather and father do plumbing. After graduating high school, Kelson went to Trade School and became a Licensed Master Plumber and Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is also Certified in Backflow Prevention. He currently owns and operates Carter's My Plumber with his parents.


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