The Treasure Valley sees its fair share of plumbing emergencies. From older homes who need plumbing upgrades to the influx of new houses in the Boise area, whose pipes have a few kinks. Plumbing emergencies can be a very serious issue and cost you thousands of dollars and irreparable damage if not addressed promptly. Here is a list of the top three plumbing issues and emergencies facing homeowners in the Boise, Eagle, and Meridian area.

1. Backed up Sink Drain

This common plumbing ailment is caused by the overabundance of dense materials being dumped down the sink drain. These materials often include coffee grounds, food scraps, and grease. The cause of this issue is easily preventable, but if your sink does become clogged I recommend hiring a professional plumber in Boise to come in and clear the blockage with an auger.

2. Burst Pipes

The most serious of plumbing emergencies: burst pipes can release up to 100 gallons of water in just a few hours. If this happens, immediately shut off the water and remove anything that could be damaged away from the area. Then, you should release all the water in the faucets. This will relieve pressure on the pipes. Then proceed to mop up any water that remains in the area. Afterwards, It’s best to call a knowledgeable plumber to come and address the situation if you haven’t already called them.

3. Water Heater Problems

Water heaters require regular maintenance to deliver a regular working day to day performance and are thus, the one of the main causes of grief for homeowners in the Treasure Valley. Some of the most common issues are a noisy water tank: this is usually caused by a buildup of sediment in the bottom of the tank, in which case you need to simply drain the tank. However, if this does not solve the problem, your tanks heating element may be burning out. If that’s the case it must be replaced by a professional plumber.
Another common issue is lack of hot water, which is another sign you need to have the heating element replaced. Another common problem is smelly water, which means that the tank has become infected with bacteria. This can usually be resolved by having a plumber drain the tank and fill it with a hydrogen peroxide solution. By far the most common water heater problem is a leaking tank, which means that your water heater is finished and needs replaced. At the first sign of a leak its best to call in the professionals and talk about replacing your tank. For water heater life expectancy check out our page on tankless and traditional water heaters.

Professional Plumbing in Boise

These are just a few of the hordes of plumbing problems facing homeowners in the Boise area. These problems could cause untold damage to your home if left unresolved. If you are dealing with any of these problems or another plumbing issue give the professionals at Knight Plumbing and flood restoration a call!