Top 5 Most Common Residential Plumbing Emergencies

How Thomas Plumbers Can Help You

Clogged drains, damaged pipes, and gas leaks are the most common residential emergency plumbing situations that people summon their plumber for. The irony is that such plumbing emergencies can be prevented by us from the start. Indeed emergency plumbers report that plumbing negligence is the number one cause for stubborn obstructions in drains and defective pipes. Surprisingly this indicates that we value our cars more than our home. Why? Simply because we service our cars once a year while we dismiss doing the same to our plumbing systems until we face a plumbing emergency by which time it is too late to undo the damage done to our home.

In general preventive maintenance to your home’s plumbing, every once in a while, will not only keep plumbing fixtures, drains and pipes in good condition for a long time, but will further allow you to spot early problems and have them fixed before they escalate to costly plumbing emergencies. When you encounter an emergency plumbing situation you can take steps to reduce damage to the minimum thereby cutting down your plumbing cost too.

Follow the top 5 common emergency plumbing troubles and their repair:

1 – Burst Pipes: Your top objective until the emergency plumber arrives on the scene is stop water flowing out of the hole. Locate the main shutoff valve to your house and close it. Turning off the shutoff valve will close the water supply to the fixtures and therefore stop the flood. Next turn on cold water taps to drain quickly pipes from trapped water and steam. After damage controlling the emergency call in your plumber to repair or replace the burst section of the pipe.

2 – Frozen Pipes: When water in pipes freeze they expand and may even burst the pipe. Close the main shutoff valve. If the pipe has not split yet, thaw it with hot water bottles from the end of the pipe nearest to the tap. Thawing must be gentle, never with a naked flame, to avoid thermal water expansion that too can split the pipe. As a preventive maintenance make sure your pipes are appropriately insulated against the cold months.

3 – Leaky Plumbing Fixtures: Close the shutoff valve singular to the leaky fixture. Check the fixture’s trap for debris, hair, soap scum, and food particles that might obstruct its opening and cause overflowing of the fixture. Contact your emergency plumber for effective plumbing repair.

4 – Blocked Drains & Toilets: Try to lift the obstruction by means of a plunger or a plumber’s snake. If such plumbing tools fail to dislodge the clog, call in your plumber.

5- Gas leaks: When smelling gas simply evacuate the building. Gas leaks do not lend themselves to D.I.Y repair due to their deadly nature in the wrong hands. Once outside the home call in your emergency plumber or Gas Company. You can and under professional guidance attempt to turn off the gas meter at the control valve.

Contact Thomas Plumbers today to solve all your emergency after hours needs.

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High pressure water jetting is primarily used to clean out a main sewer line that is not running at maximum capacity.  Water jetting. At Thomas Plumbers we concentrate highly on water hydro-jetting with electronic cabling, as system that has the ability to punch a hole in a clog, but not one that will restore total flow. High pressure water jetting scours the inside of a sewer line or pipe with a 360 degree circumference, removing 99% of all debris and restoring total flow to a sewer line.

How High Pressure Jetting Works

High pressure water jetting is performed by Thomas Plumbers that are highly trained in this field of specialized plumbing. Water is pumped through the hose at an extremely high rate creating a concentration of intense pressure.  The result is an output that is able to cut through anything slowing down and clogging up your drain.  This includes tree roots, sanitary products and anything else that frequently contributes to a clog. We mean anything. In fact, when turned up high enough, the water jet is able to cut through a 2×4 piece of wood.Thomas Plumbers have the experience and knowledge to use high power water drain jetting devices.

Water Jetting for Preventative Maintenance

High pressure water jetting is an excellent choice for preventative maintenance or prior to electronic cabling work.  It serves as a method for restoring total flow back to your drains. It can also be used to clear slow running drains caused by grease or sludge build up in your sewer line or household drains. In addition Thomas Plumbers, use a smaller system for lines inside the home, such as a kitchen sink or shower drain.

Pros and Cons of Water Jetting

High pressure water jetting is a temporary solution. It will last much longer than electronic cabling by itself, but it cannot stop tree roots from penetrating your sewer in the future. Think of tearing a weed out of your lawn or garden. The problem disappears for a short time, but in the future it will always find a way to rear its pesky head. Thomas Plumbers will make sure your home is a good candidate for high pressure water jetting, as it cannot be used in every home or office, particularly those with tight turns in the sewer line.


Call Thomas Plumbers for Water Jetting

Are you seeking preventative maintenance for the sewer line in your home or office?  Or maybe your drains are running slow as a result of becoming clogged or completely backed up?  If so, call Thomas Plumbers. We have been cleaning drains in the Metro Detroit area for more than 80 years. We are large enough to handle any job, yet we’re located right in your area to provide quick, efficient and cost effective service. Remember, when you call Levine and Sons we get the job done right the first time.

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We do hydrojetting in the following areas: Durban North, La Lucia, Umhlanga, Prestondale, Ballito, Umdloti and greater Durban areas


Plumbing is a system of pipes installed in a building or home for the distribution of clean water for consumption and the removal of dirty contaminated water. A plumber installs or repairs piping systems, plumbing fixtures and equipment. Faucets, toilets, garbage disposals, water heaters and back flow preventers are all items that a plumber would install or repair. Plumbers will also install gas piping and repair gas leaks.


Give Thomas Plumbers a call today to secure a professional approach to your next plumbing or revamp venture.