A 24-hour plumbing service is one that is open day and night. It's good to have the number of such a plumber on hand in case you run into a plumbing issue that you need to solve at 2:00 am. But not all plumbing problems warrant a late-night call. You would not, for instance, want to call a plumber in the middle of the night because your garbage disposal won't turn on.

Here is a look at the key problems that really should warrant a late-night call to a plumbing service.

You have a major leak

A major leak is one that is allowing substantial amounts of water to flow out and will cause serious water damage if you don't take care of it right away. For instance, if a pipe bursts in your basement, that is a major leak. If your toilet tank develops a hole and water is pouring all over your bathroom floor, that is also a major leak. While calling an emergency plumbing can be expensive, it will almost certainly cost less than allowing the leak to perpetuate until morning and then repairing all of the resulting water damage.

You have a smaller leak that you cannot stop or contain

Often when you have a smaller leak, you are able to turn off the valve to that pipe or faucet and stop the leak, which gives you time to wait and call an ordinary plumber in the morning. What if you're unable to turn off the valve, though? If the water is making a mess and keeping it contained is difficult, you can go ahead and call an emergency plumber. This may not be the most dire of emergencies, but it's a dire matter, and you could use a plumber's help.

You're facing a sewage backup

A sewage backup is when sewage, or wastewater, comes up into your drains. This can be pretty dangerous since sewage harbors a lot of infectious bacteria. The backup could be happening because your main sewer line is clogged, or because your septic tank is over-full. You don't want to just ignore the issue until morning as grimy sewage could end up on your floors and elsewhere, so call an emergency plumber.

24/7 plumbing services exist for a reason. Sometimes, a plumbing problem just should not wait until morning. If you find you're dealing with any of the above issues, don't hesitate to call.

Reach out to a 24-hour plumber to learn more.