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Frozen or burst pipes. If you live in a really cold region and head out of town on winter holiday and fail to keep the heat on in your home or weatherize your plumbing, you could come home to extensive damage from a burst pipe. This occurs when water freezes inside a pipe and expands, breaking the pipe open. When the ice thaws, water pours out wherever the incident occurred, which could be in your walls or ceiling. Special machines can unfreeze pipes by sending high-voltage electricity in to heat up the line. If in the dead of winter you turn on the faucet and hear water moving but nothing’s coming out, you could have a burst line even if you don’t see the evidence of water, Derkach says. It’s time to call a plumber. And then study up on methods to winterize your home. Leaking water heaters. This is an emergency, Campbell says. Once you notice enough water leaking out, it’s almost too late. Call a plumber immediately. That leak could last for another week, resulting in extensive flooding and water damage. Dishwashers. Campbell says leaking dishwashers are another problem needing quick action, especially if you have hardwood floors. If you notice water dripping under the sink in a kitchen or around the base of the dishwasher, call a plumber before you risk damage to the hardwood floor.