There's never a good time for a plumbing emergency. Plumbing issues can be inconvenient at best and catastrophic at worst. Fortunately, emergency plumbers work 24/7 to solve plumbing problems for homeowners and renters. Call an emergency plumber at once if you notice any of these issues:

1. A gas line is leaking. 

Many people live in homes that utilize gas in addition to electricity. In normal circumstances, gas is safely contained in gas lines until it's needed. If your gas line springs a leak, you may notice a distinctive odor in your home. A gas leak is very serious. It poses a fire hazard, and it creates the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you think you may have a gas leak in your home, call an emergency plumber at once. Since plumbers deal with gas lines, water lines, and sewage systems, they can find the source of the gas leak in your home. They will repair the leak so you can feel safe in your house once more.

2. A pipe has burst.

A burst pipe is different from a leaking pipe. Pipes usually leak because they are corroded or improperly connected. In order to burst, a pipe must be subjected to high pressure. High pressure can be caused by clogs or improper water pressure. A burst pipe can create a big mess in your house, causing water to flood in.

If you have a burst pipe, you should first try to mitigate the damage by locating your water main and cutting off the flow of water to your house. Next, call a 24/7 emergency plumber. An emergency plumber will replace the faulty section of pipe in your home. They will also investigate your pipes to determine the reason for the break. If clogs are discovered, they will be removed.

3. Your plumbing is backed up.

Backed up plumbing is always a cause for alarm due to the health hazards it poses. When plumbing backs up, sewage travels the wrong way in your pipes. It can enter your home through any drain, including your shower and sink drains. Backed up sewage carries a foul smell and lots of bacteria. This plumbing issue is usually caused by clogged pipes.

Never try to handle raw sewage yourself. Keep kids and pets away from the hazard and call a plumber. They'll find the cause of your issue and address it so everything can flow freely once more.