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When Do You Need an Emergency Plumber? Part 3: Flooded Home

Whether it's a slow leak or catastrophic failure, your plumbing appliances and fixtures have the potential to flood your home. You should conduct regular preventative maintenance to keep them in good condition and prevent a flooded house. Consider how the most innocent gadgets can wreak havoc, and know when to call an emergency plumber.

How a Dishwasher Can Flood Your Home

  • A defective pump or broken pump seal can allow water to leak unseen under the dishwasher.
  • Cracks or tears in the water inlet hose can allow water to pool under the dishwasher.
  • The spray arm can become warped or cracked, causing it to direct water toward the bottom of the dishwasher door where there is no gasket. This water can then leak out onto the kitchen floor.
  • Using too much soap can allow sudsy water to leak out of the dishwasher.
  • The door gasket can fail to seal tightly and allow water to spew from the dishwasher during a wash cycle.

How a Toilet Can Flood Your Home

  • The wax seal around the base of the toilet may leak every time you flush, resulting in water pooling around the toilet and the damaging the floor beneath it.
  • A cracked tank can allow water to drip onto the bathroom floor.
  • The valve on the wall behind the toilet can develop a loose connection and leak water onto the floor.
  • A bad clog caused by human waste, foreign objects or tree root intrusion can cause the toilet bowl to overflow and flood your bathroom.

How a Washing Machine Can Flood Your Home

  • The drain hose can become brittle and split over time, allowing water to leak out when the washing machine drains prior to the spin cycle.
  • The seal around the drain pump can crack with age and allow water to drip out.
  • Using too much laundry detergent can cause the washing machine to overflow with sudsy water.
  • One of the water supply hoses behind the washing machine can develop a slow leak or even fail catastrophically and flood your laundry room.

How a Water Heater Can Flood Your Home

  • The temperature pressure relief valve or drain valve can develop a leak.
  • The heating element gasket found in electric water heaters can spring a leak.
  • The water supply pipes can leak, allowing water to drip and pool around the water heater. Catastrophic failure could result in water spraying from the pipes.
  • The water heater tank itself can fail due to corrosion, potentially leading to a flooded house.

When to Call an Emergency Plumber

Check these appliances and fixtures regularly for signs of leaks. If you ever notice water dripping or pooling, call an emergency plumber as soon as possible. A small leak may seem like no big deal, but months of a slow, steady drip could be rotting your home's structure and resulting in unseen mold growth that affects your indoor air quality.

Of course, if you experience any of the catastrophic plumbing failures highlighted above, you need to call a 24-hour plumber immediately, even if it's outside regular business hours. By acting quickly, an emergency plumber can minimize the damage done to your flooded house.

If you need help from a 24-hour plumber to tackle your overflowing toilet or other plumbing emergency, please contact Mr. Rooter® right away. We can help you recover from the incident and install better hoses, gaskets and other equipment to help dramatically lower the risk of the failure happening again.