As much as you try to keep your plumbing maintenance up to date, once in a while, an emergency will crop up: a clogged toilet, a broken water pipe, or clogged sewer come to mind. What do you do in such a situation? You need a plumber right away.
On the other hand, you may have a plumbing system problem that is not necessarily an emergency but which you need sorted out right away.
Is this possible, can it be done? The answer is yes and no. It all depends on the availability of a plumber.
There are a lot of minor plumbing problems that can be fixed in a matter of minutes: A leaky faucet for example, or a clogged sink or toilet.
Get the contacts of a plumbing contractor who offers 24 hour emergency service and keep it within reach. The plumber should ideally be in your locality so that they can reach you faster.
Fortunately there are a lot of plumbing companies that offer 24 hour service.
Call a plumber immediately you notice the emergency. The plumber will be able to advise you on what immediate measures to take as you wait.
If a plumber is not immediately available, here are a few tips on how you can handle some common emergencies.
Broken Faucet Valve
If your faucet valve is broken and spewing off gallons of water, your home could get flooded in no time. Shut off the main water supply into the home.
Very Hot Water
Very hot water running through your faucets can cause injury to an unsuspecting person. It is a sign of overheating. Turn off your water heater immediately.
A slow drain, whether in the kitchen, bathroom or toilet can be an emergency, especially when it begins to back up.
As you wait for the plumber, try using a plunger to get rid of the clog. You can follow this up with a chemical cleaner. Never use a chemical cleaner on a completely clogged drain
Depending on the seriousness of the leak, you can cover the duct with tape, turn off the valve to the fixture or turn off the water supply to the entire house.
It is possible to have same day, even round the clock service, depending on your locality. Find a plumbing contractor offering such services and keep their contacts at hand.
In other localities, you may not find a plumber available 24/7. Either way, you still need to know what to do in case of a plumbing emergency.
When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.