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3 Plumbing Emergencies That Can Ruin Anyone's Holiday Spirit

Understanding the Symptoms of Common Holiday Plumbing Emergencies 

The holidays might look different this year, but one thing that is sure to stay the same is the amount of time people spend indoors. Regardless of where someone lives, they are more likely to spend more of their time indoors during the holiday season than any other time of year. The holidays are known for relaxation, warmth, comfort, and lots and lots of food. To a professional plumber, this is indicative of a busier work season as well. The more time people spend indoors, the more they use their plumbing system. In turn, this can lead to different plumbing emergencies that have the potential to ruin whatever holiday plans the homeowner has left. 

It is crucial that homeowners know some of the most common signs of plumbing emergencies and stay up-to-date on plumbing maintenance. To learn more about three of the most common plumbing emergencies, continue reading below. 

What Causes Burst Pipes?

burst pipe

Believe it or not, one of the most common plumbing emergencies is a burst pipe. In some circumstances, the pipe cracks small enough that the homeowner might not even notice the problem until the problem worsens. Either that or they have their regularly scheduled maintenance appointment before the problem progresses. 

However, in most circumstances, the pipe bursts, which causes a significant drop in water pressure. If homeowners notice their water pressure drop significantly for no apparent reason, they need to call a professional plumber to have the problem fixed right away. 

Some common causes of a burst pipe include:

  • Clogging:
    • When homeowners have a clog somewhere in the plumbing system outside the home, it can lead to a pressure increase that results in a burst pipe.  
    • The solution to this problem is to call a professional for an inspection and repair. 
  • Old Age:
    • Sometimes age is the culprit of burst pipes. If the homeowner feels like they have to repair their plumbing system a lot, this is a sign that the system is getting old. 
    • The only solution to this problem is to have the system replaced.  
  • Root Growth:
    • Trees that grow close to the house have an increased risk of their roots growing into the home’s underground piping system. As a result, the roots grow through the pipes, which causes them to burst. 
    • The pipe can either be repaired or replaced, but the professional plumber will have to inspect the damages first. 

Symptoms of a Broken Water Heater

Water heaters are one of the most important appliances in the modern home, especially during the holidays. Most families tend to cook more during the holidays, which means they use their water heater more often. If the water heater gets overworked, it can cause the appliance to break down. 

Some symptoms of a broken water heater include:

  • Not enough hot water
  • Rust-colored water
  • Leaky tank

One of the easiest ways homeowners can combat a broken water heater this season is to have their water heater professionally maintained before the holidays start. It might come as a shock, but homeowners that have their water heaters maintained often, tend to spend less in the long term because the water heater doesn’t break down as much. 

Repairs are expensive, but homeowners can save a little money this season by calling a professional for an inspection because emergencies arise. 

A Clogged Drain Emergency

This one might have homeowners scratching their heads in confusion because everyone knows a trusty plunger can do the trick of removing a simple clog from a sink or toilet. However, some clogs are no match for an ordinary plunger. Some clogs require professional assistance to remove properly, or else the homeowner risks further damages to the home.


Fortunately, homeowners who have their piping system regularly maintained and cleaned have a significantly lower risk of emergency clogging. In fact, those that have their systems regularly cleared are likely never to experience a clog. That is unless something gets accidentally flushed down the drain that has no business being there, like a toy or even too much toilet paper. 

Nonetheless, if homeowners feel they have a clog somewhere within their plumbing system, it is crucial they call a professional to have the problem eradicated before it worsens. 

The Efficient Professionals At Plumb Crazy

Plumb Crazy has served Abingdon and the surrounding areas since 1986. They boast fast and experienced professionals, well-stocked equipment trucks, and Hartford County’s “Best Of” award for five years running. Not to mention, they have emergency services and financing options available as well. Call today to schedule an emergency plumbing service in Abingdon!