Plumbing is one of the oldest and greatest technologies on the planet, especially indoor plumbing. Indoor plumbing dates back to at least 2500 B.C and has changed life for the better, making us healthier and overall cleaner than our ancestors.
But sometimes you have issues with your plumbing and need to reach out to plumbing repair services, and quickly, too.
When a plumbing emergency occurs, the first thing you need to do is figure out what the severity of it is. Not all plumbing problems are actual emergencies, meaning that waiting until the morning or waiting through the weekend is a possibility. There’s no need to contact an emergency plumber in those situations.
But what kind of situations warrant bringing in an emergency plumber? Or contacting a plumbing contractor?
Homeowners know the frustrations of having a toilet that won’t stop running, a basement full of water, or a pipe that may have burst. However, only two of these three things is an actual plumbing emergency.
So to determine if your plumbing issue is a true emergency, one that warrants picking up the phone to call one of your local plumbing companies, you should ask yourself a few questions first.
The first being: Is it possible that I can wait to get this issue fixed?
This questions might be difficult to answer if you don’t have any experience in plumbing yourself, and so don’t know what could be classified as “non-emergency” issues. So, here are some ideas as to what could classify as a “need to call” emergency for your local plumbing repair services.
- Water Leak In Basement
This one is pretty straight forward. There’s a water leak in the basement, it could be spreading, it could damage your furniture or other belongings. In this instance? You should call a plumber.
- Leaking Sink Or Toilet
If you have a leaking sink or toilet and have other bathrooms, it’s not necessary to call an emergency plumber. This is a situation that can wait if it’s an evening or weekend. If it is the only bathroom in your home? Then yes, you could contact a plumbing company.
- Hearing Water But No visuals
If you can hear water running, but don’t see water, and your floor feels warm? Damp, even? There is a chance that you have a burst pipe. This is a bad situation to be in, no matter what day. This is definitely a situation that warrants contacting an emergency plumber. Turning off the water should be your first objective here.
Generally, the main water valve in most homes is under the sink. Turn it off, and contact emergency plumbing services.
Most companies will charge extra for emergency services, especially on the weekend, but in some cases its a necessity. If you believe the issue will damage your home or your property, then calling a plumber is something you should do.