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Top Emergency Plumbing Needs—and How to Prevent Them

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Emergency plumbing repairs are common among homeowners, but your issues don’t have to advance to the point of an emergency to schedule a repair. Knowing common emergency plumbing problems helps you understand preventative measures to take to avoid an emergency. Even if the problems seem minor, you shouldn’t try to fix these issues yourself because trying to repair a common issue like a clogged toilet or a slow drain can lead to bigger problems later. If you need an emergency plumber in Frederick, MD, our team at Mallick Plumbing and Heating can meet all of your needs.

Common Emergency Plumbing Problems

No Hot Water

You hop in the shower and you’re greeted by an icy cold stream of water. Now you’re wondering what caused it and where you went wrong. A water heater malfunction, electrical issue, or a leak causes a lack of hot water in your system. You can prevent this plumbing emergency from happening by getting annual maintenance to ensure that sediment isn’t building up in your tank, upgrading your water heater’s tank size, and maintaining your system by replacing worn out parts.

Burst Pipes

Here in Maryland, our summers are hot and humid, and our winters are freezing cold. The freezing and thawing process can wear your pipes down and cause exposed pipes to burst. To prevent pipes from bursting, prevent temperatures in your home from dropping below 32 degrees and seal any leaks that allow freezing air into your home where your pipes are located. Take a look around your electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes and use insulation to keep temperatures mild. Even the smallest opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.


Leaks from your faucet, toilet, or water heater cause needless waste and increased water bills. You can prevent leaks from happening by checking your water pressure regularly or installing a water softener. Checking your water pressure regularly will help you prevent leaks. You should have this done by a professional during your routine water maintenance and they can take the necessary steps to ensure that your water pressure is in the right range. Installing a water softener can also help ease pressure on your system. Hard water is corrosive and causes a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your pipes.


A clogged toilet or sink is an inconvenience that every homeowner faces at least once. Don’t attempt to unclog your drain yourself and let the underlying problem go untreated. You can prevent clogs by watching what goes down your drain and using sink strainers. Never let “FOG” (fat, oil, or grease) down your drain and be mindful of what you flush down your toilet—“flushable” wipes are common causes of clogs. Additionally, using a sink strainer keeps unwanted particles like food, hair, and other objects out of your drains.

Have Mallick Plumbing & Heating Help

At Mallick Plumbing & Heating we offer reliable plumbing services at a fair price. We’ve built our business on the principles of honesty and integrity and work hard to keep our customers satisfied.

If you need emergency plumbing across the Greater Washington Metro area, contact us to schedule a service today.