We’ve all heard that strange noise creaking beneath the home and casually muttered, “Oh, it’s just the house settling.” While this may seem like a harmless phrase, if you’re feeling the ground shifting, a plumbing emergency could be coming down the line.
Many of the emergencies we tend to are the result of ground shifting. Even though you may not be able to physically stop the Earth, here are some of the potential problems you could face, how to notice them and what you can do about it.
Potential Ground Shifting Plumbing Emergencies
The plumbing emergencies found after extensive ground shifting can be physically and financially catastrophic. Make sure your home is regularly inspected so you can avoid dire issues within your home.
Gas Pipe Damage
During ground shifting, gas pipes underneath and within the home can break. This creates the deadly situation of a gas leak, a problem that usually isn’t noticed until it’s too late.
If you smell sulfur, rotten eggs, find that plants are irregularly dying off in the home, or notice bubbles in your standing water, contact a licensed plumber immediately and find a place to stay until the problem is resolved.
Foundation damage is one of the most common issues after the ground has shifted. Cracks in the foundation and slanted floors are signs that you could be facing even larger plumbing problems beneath your home.
Destroyed Plumbing Systems
Ground shifts can be powerful enough to take out entire plumbing systems in a home and its surrounding area. Your sewer lines are critical to the health of your home’s plumbing system. If these lines are destroyed, you could have several emergency issues that include:
- Septic waste pooling
- Mold problems
- Slab leaks
- Rodent infestation
- Signs of Shifting Troubles
Knowing when to call a licensed plumber for help is necessary for solving a problem before it becomes an emergency. If you notice these signs of your home shifting, it may be time to reach out to a local plumber for some help:
- Wall cracks
- Sticking windows
- Pooling water on the lawn
- Lush green patches in your grass
- Slow drains
- Waste backup
Plan Ahead with a Plumbing Inspection from Plumbing Dynamics
At Plumbing Dynamics, we always like to remind homeowners that it’s the best decision to plan ahead with your plumbing. The easiest way to do so is to schedule an annual inspection and ensure everything from your fixtures to your gas line is on the up-and-up!
Don’t wait until your home has settled itself into expensive plumbing repairs. And if you’re facing a plumbing emergency, we’re here to help! Contact us today to schedule your consultation or inspection. Our licensed experts are ready to get your plumbing back on track!