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Plumbing Emergencies in Wisconsin

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A plumbing emergency may not be as bad as having your roof blown off by a tornado, or having your house destroyed by a fire, but it’s far more common than either of those things, and can cause serious damage to any home. In fact, 40% of all homeowners will have to deal with water damage at some point in their lives. In most cases, there’s also little or no warning when a plumbing emergency is about to strike. A pipe under your sink can freeze and burst, causing water to gush all over your kitchen floor. A water heater can rust from the inside and flood your basement. A tree root can break through a sewer line and cause your toilet to back up all over the bathroom floor. All these situations demand immediate attention, and all require an experienced professional.

Fortunately, when disaster strikes, you can count on Southport Home Services. We offer emergency plumbing service in Wisconsin from professionals customers trust. While there are hundreds of plumbers in the Southeast Wisconsin area, what sets Southport apart is our experienced, certified technicians, who respond quickly to emergency situations. Our team is on-call 24/7, every day of the year, and can get to anywhere in the greater Milwaukee area within 30 minutes. Our plumbers will also arrive with all the tools and spare parts needed to get any crisis under control. And with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, there’s no reason not to trust Southport for all your Wisconsin plumbing emergencies.

Call 24/7 at (262) 383-4040, and let Southport get your plumbing problem under control ASAP.

Burst Water Pipe Emergencies in Wisconsin

Every winter, Southport receives hundreds of calls from hapless homeowners who have had a frozen water pipe burst. In the hierarchy of plumbing emergencies, a broken pipe spewing gallons of water definitely ranks at the top — especially if you’re away from home when the pipe bursts and come back to several inches of water.

If you’re home when a pipe bursts, you can shut off the main water valve. If you’re not home, every minute compounds the disaster. Even a small crack in a pipe can result in hundreds of gallons of water flooding your basement or other parts of your house. Besides the clean-up cost and damaged property, there’s also the price of the water. Yes, the city will actually bill you for those hundreds of gallons.

If you have a burst water pipe, you should:

  1. Shut off the water valve immediately! Most of the time, your main shut-off valve is located in your basement or crawlspace, often near the water heater. If you do not have a basement, you may find this component under the sink. If you can’t find it anywhere inside your home, go to the outside shut-off valve in the water “pit” at the edge of your property line.
  2. Call a plumber. Replacing a burst pipe is rarely a DIY job, especially if the burst pipe is in a wall or another hard-to-reach area.
  3. Be safe. If toxic wastewater comes flooding into your property, you could end up at risk for disease and infection. Get to a safe place, and avoid flooded areas until the plumber comes.

Leaking Water Heater Emergencies in Wisconsin

In an emergency, calling our water heater repair experts at Southport Home Services right away can make all the difference. We’ll remove the water, diagnose the source of the problem, make repairs to your unit if possible and, if not, install a new one. Word of advice: most water heaters have a service life of 10 years, so if yours is that old or older, it’s a good idea to look into having it replaced.

The typical water heater holds 40 or more gallons of hot water, and even a small amount of water from a leak can end up damaging floors, sub-floors, and walls. Most of the time, water heaters are tucked away in utility closets, in a corner of the basement, or in the attic, so a slow leak can go unnoticed until there’s significant damage. Worse yet, a slow leak is usually a preface to something much worse — for instance, the inner tank corroding to the point of catastrophic failure.

Make sure to take the following steps if your water heater fails:

  • Shut off the water valve.
  • Shut off power or gas to the water heater.
  • Try to divert the water to a drain or soak up as much as you can to minimize water damage.
  • Call a plumber.

The 40-plus gallons in your water heater spilling all over your floor is bad enough, but since the water heater is connected to your water supply, there will be a constant flow of water until the water line is shut off. Make sure to take care of this if your water heater springs a leak, and then call our experienced plumbers at Southport right away for emergency service.

Overflowing Toilet Emergencies in Wisconsin

An overflowing toilet is enough to ruin anyone’s day. It’s not exactly pure mountain stream water that comes gurgling up all over the floor when this happens, which makes toilet emergencies all the more awful. There are a range of reasons your toilet may overflow, from your son or daughter flushing a toy to see what would happen, to a tree root that has slowly infiltrated a water pipe.

The good news is that in many cases, toilets give warning signs of trouble. A gurgling sound, for instance, can indicate an obstruction in the water line. If that sounds is familiar to you, have a plumbing contractor from Southport come take a look at your toilet right away.

What to do in an overflowing toilet emergency:

  • Shut off your toilet’s water supply valve. It’s almost always located under the tank at the back of the toilet. If the shut-off valve is stuck and you can’t turn it, take the cover off the top of the toilet’s water tank and push the rubber flapper down. If it won’t stay down, lift the ball-shaped float and use a ruler to hold it in place.
  • Try plunging the toilet.
  • Try using a plumbing snake, if you have one available.
  • Squirt some dish soap into a gallon bucket of hot water and pour it into the toilet bowl. This can sometimes break up a clog.
  • If all the above steps fail, call a plumber for emergency service.

Wisconsin Washing Machine Hose Emergencies

Look behind your washer and you’ll see two hoses running from the unit to two faucet-like fixtures coming out of the wall - these connect the water supply. Most washing machines are installed using rubber water lines. Trouble is, these rubber hoses have a service life of about 5 years. Over time, the constant pressure of water causes these hoses to fail. The first sign of this is usually a noticeable bulge. Remember, if your washing machine hoses that are more than five-years-old, or showing any bulging, they need to be replaced ASAP.

Having seen hundreds of emergencies caused by ruptured washing machine hoses, many plumbers recommend shutting off the water supply to the machine anytime you’re not using it. At Southport, we can install a master shut-off lever for the hot and cold water supply to your machine in order to make this easier. Instead of twisting two knobs on and off, all you’ll have to do is pull a lever.

If the water supply line to your washing machine ruptures, make sure to:

  • Shut off the water supply valves behind your washing machine. This should be easy, but in a worst case scenario, they may be so rusty you can’t turn them. If that’s the case, get a crescent wrench or pliers and try shutting them off.
  • Shut off the main water supply to your house (if the above step doesn’t work.)
  • Call a Wisconsin emergency plumber from Southport Home Services. We’ll vacuum out any water in your laundry area and…
  • Replace the damaged water supply hoses. We recommend and use braided stainless steel hoses, which are significantly stronger than the standard issue rubber hoses most washing machines ship with. Replacing the washing machine hoses is a relatively simple job, but if you’re not comfortable with it or don’t have the time or inclination, give our friendly plumbers at Southport a call.

Sump Pump Emergencies in Wisconsin

Southport Home Services is on-call 24/7 to get the water pumped out of your basement and get your sump pump working again right away. If necessary, our emergency plumbing team can also install a new sump pump, so your basement is protected from flooding for years to come.

A sump pump failure of any kind can be disastrous — particularly if you have a finished basement. A power outage during a heavy rainstorm, for instance, can result in several inches of water flooding into your property before you know it. And if this happens when you’re away, you could come home to a swimming pool in the basement.

In other words, time is of the essence in sump pump emergencies, so it’s important to call Southport right away for service if your sump pump fails.

Since the most common cause of sump pump problems is power outages, the best way to ensure your pump keeps working is either to install a generator or a backup battery. Of these two options, the battery is by far the more affordable solution, costing anywhere from $275 to $500, plus labor. In addition to installing a backup battery, Southport also offers routine maintenance for sump pumps, to ensure they’re working properly. If you’ve recently moved into a home and aren’t sure about your sump pump’s reliability, we recommend scheduling an appointment now to have it inspected and tested.

Emergency Plumbing Repair All Over Southeast Wisconsin

When it comes to emergencies, no one is more reliable than Southport Home Services. Sign up for our Southport Club today to get regular maintenance designed to help you avoid plumbing disasters. We also offer commercial service, so if your business needs an emergency plumbing repair in Wisconsin, you can count on us for that, too. Don’t forget to take advantage of our available specials and promotions, and remember, we offer financing options to help you afford service no matter what your budget is!

Call our Wisconsin emergency plumbers 24/7 at (262) 383-4040, or click here to request a free estimate online.

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