House of Horrors!

You wake up to a strange gurgling sound in the middle of the night. It’s pitch black, and you’re afraid of what you will find. Cautiously, you flick on the light. That’s when you see it. Your bathroom floor is covered in sewage. You open your mouth and let out a blood-curdling scream.

Catastrophes like this can happen if you don’t maintain your household appliances. One minute they’re working fine. The next, they’re sending you straight into a nightmare of damage, repairs and an empty bank account. What follows are some scary stories about household horrors that could very well happen to you this spooky season...

The Sewage Monster

One of the most horrifying things that can happen to your plumbing is a clog in your toilet or sewer line. If waste can’t flow away from your house, it has nowhere to go other than back where it came. When that happens, particles of human waste, garbage, and other debris leak into your home too. Raw sewage has a ghastly smell and can coat surfaces with pathogens that are hazardous to your health.

Some of the most common causes of sewage backups include:

  • Clogs in your home’s pipes

  • Tree roots that have grown through the sewer line

  • A blockage in the main sewer line

  • Heavy rain

  • Cracked or damaged sewer pipes

You may not have the experience to be able to diagnose the problem easily. Plus, many homeowners don’t have the equipment to repair the problem. Having a professional inspect your sewer line annually can prevent this repulsive occurrence from happening.

Explosive Plumbing

What’s creeping around behind your walls? Hopefully not water droplets.

Broken pipes can cause major water damage. They can burst in an instant, flooding your home with water. Sometimes, they drip somewhere hidden, creating moisture problems that could affect your health.

Pipes may leak for the following reasons:

  • The house is shifting, causing the pipes to move

  • Temperature changes from hot and cold water moving through the pipes

  • Poor workmanship

  • Frozen pipes

  • Unregulated water pressure

  • Clogs

Trying to work on your pipes yourself or hiring an unqualified plumber could have horrific consequences. A licensed, professional plumbing service can find the source of the leak, repair any damage that it has caused, and prevent it from happening again.

A reputable, skilled plumber may also detect problems before you do. Water damage can happen for years before it becomes noticeable. A plumbing maintenance plan can prevent you from dealing with dreadful flooding.

Possessed Water Heaters

You hop in the shower, ready to steam up the bathroom on a cold autumn day. However, as soon as you hop in, you immediately get goosebumps. The water is ice cold! Don’t be fooled--it’s not because your shower is haunted.

Lack of hot water is only one problem that you may encounter with your water heater. Flooding is also a danger if your water heater leaks. Diligent homeowners can spot leaks if they know what to look for. A leaking water heater may make a dripping or whooshing noise. Pooling water is a sure sign of a problem. If your water heater is insulated, check for dampness.

Another terrifying tale for you: you’re laying in bed and a strange sound rouses you from your sleep. Is something….grumbling? A sound of metal scraping jolts you out of bed. The culprit? Your water heater. Banging, clanging, or hissing noises could be signs that your water heater is in need of repairs (or a replacement).

A professional plumber can help you with scary water heater scenarios before they turn terrifying.

The Deranged Dishwasher

You’ve probably heard the spooky story about the homeowner who turns on the dishwasher to leave the house and comes home to a flooded kitchen. Dishwasher leaks aren’t always gruesome. They’re often caused by a defective or deteriorating seal or tub gasket. But problems with the drain line, water inlet valve, drain pump, or door latch assembly can also be an issue.

Don’t guess when it comes to dishwasher repair. Hire a professional to examine it and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.


Do you want to avoid the dread that can hit you if your plumbing fixtures and appliances aren’t functioning optimally? Don’t panic. The professionals at Western States Home Services can make repairs and perform maintenance that will prevent your home from turning into a house of horrors. Contact our team today for help with any of your plumbing and HVAC needs (ghostbusting not included).