Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time. I think that many of us have faced it at least once in his or her lifetime. Burst pipes, clogged toilets, clogged sinks, overflowing toilets, etc. are a few examples of plumbing emergencies. Some plumbing issues are very big that need immediate attention and some are minor issues which give you time.
As we have already told that there are different types of plumbing issues, different types of care are needed for those issues. Though you can handle some minor problems of your own, but, it is always better to call an experienced plumber to deal the situation so that the minor problems do not turn big.
How to Handle Plumbing Emergency
The first and the foremost thing is, not to panic in the time of emergencies. Just keep your brain cool and allow your common sense to work. Whenever you have plumbing problems like burst pipe, leaky faucet, leaky pipe, over flow of the cistern, etc. promptly turn off the main water supply to your home to prevent further damage.
After that, switch off your water heater to avoid the damage of the unit. As you have stopped the main water supply, you should stop the switch of your geyser so that it does not burst due to overheating. Try to understand the plumbing problem. If the problem is very small and you have confidence that you can tackle the situation, then do it of your own. But do not be overconfident so that the minor problems turn bigger and for the repairmen you may have to spend a huge amount of money. Unless you have proper knowledge on plumbing, you may damage your whole plumbing unit.
It is safe to call a professional plumber because he is a knowledgeable person and he can rightly diagnose the actual problem. He not only repairs the damage. He also makes you aware of problems you are going to face it in the near future. So instead of messing up with the situation, call a licensed and insured plumber. Licensed and insured plumber means that any further damage that could be caused by them while handling the repairing work, will be solved by them at no extra charge. You will get your system fixed no matter what.
If you think that you will not call a plumber and you can handle the situation, just keep your tool box ready always. Do not forget to keep plumber’s tape (very effective to fix small leaks on both pipes and faucets) inside the box. Keep a good number of rugs and towels ready while handling the situation so that the water does not flood other rooms.
Keep a plunger or a plumber’s snake at your home to solve the problem of clogged drains of your own. With the help of this equipment, you can easily lift the obstruction because sometimes drains are clogged by petty household things like your child’s toys, sanitary napkins, vegetable peels, etc. Increase your knowledge on plumbing matter by reading books or watching the internet. You can get necessary tips from these two sources. But do not forget to maintain a list of reputed plumbing companies and their phone numbers.
Think a little before you call your plumber – is it a real emergency?
Plumbing companies usually offer 24/7 services to their customers so that assistance is available whenever there is urgency. However, it is often seen that people mistook a minor problem as an emergency and hit the panic button. Calling your local plumber is always recommended, but a little thinking beforehand helps you to understand if it is a true emergency.
Also, in certain situations, you might not have your local plumber around and you need to take care of the situation, until your plumber arrives. A little patience and planning might help in preventing a disastrous situation and can help in tackling a difficult condition as well. For instance, if there is a major pipe burst and you fear flooding, locating the shutoff valve can help in reducing the problem. Understanding the difference between a true emergency and the one which does not need immediate attention helps in getting things done in a convenient way.
At times, when you notice a plumbing problem in the middle of the night, there is always an urge to call the emergency plumber for repair. At times, it is necessary to seek immediate help but in several cases, it is seen that the problem can actually wait till business hours start. You can actually save money by calling your provider during business hours, as we all know that emergency charges are usually high.
How will you decide?
How do you understand that the problem you are presently facing can wait or you need to call your plumber immediately? You need to actually find answers to a few related questions, which can help you decide.