When a plumbing emergency strikes, it is often at the most inconvenient times. Most people respond to a plumbing emergency by panicking, while others immediately roll their sleeves up to try to fix the problem. While panicking is certainly not advisable, the same actually goes for rolling up your sleeve to do the repairs yourself.
A plumbing emergency is most likely caused by a number of factors, and its severity means only a qualified plumbing professional should actually touch it. If you go the DIY route and try to fix the plumbing emergency, you can inadvertently make things worse. The more damage to your plumbing means the more you’ll have to spend just to get it fixed.
When a plumbing emergency strikes, don’t panic. Just relax, take a deep breath, and take the following steps.
1. Shut off the water main valve
When the plumbing emergency involves broken or burst pipes, you will have to shut off the water main valve in order to prevent flooding or at least stop it from getting any worse. That’s why it is extremely important for a home owner to know where the water main valve is. If you have no idea where the water main valve is, your home is going to be flooded badly and will suffer damaged floors, cabinets and anything else in the affected area of your home.
2. Take measures to relieve the plumbing emergency temporarily
While we discourage actually fixing the plumbing problem itself, we encourage owners to at least take temporary measures that will keep things together until the emergency plumber arrives. For burst pipes, for instance, you can actually use electrical tape to cover up the leak. For a clogged toilet, you can use a plunger to try to get the water in the toilet to go down.
3. Call an emergency plumbing service
When a plumbing emergency strikes, the only real way to deal with it is to call a company that offers a 24/7 emergency plumbing service. No matter where you are or what time of the day the emergency comes up, you can count on an emergency plumbing service to be there the soonest possible time to fix your plumbing emergency for you.
You need to be prepared, however, to shell out a little more for an emergency plumbing service, especially when your call for help came in the wee hours of the morning, on a Sunday or on a holiday. In most cases, the rates will be fair, and commensurate to the time, effort and expense provided by the emergency plumber just to get to your place as fast as he can.
In any case, always have the number of a reliable emergency plumbing service nearby in case a plumbing emergency comes up. Whenever you need an emergency plumbing service, you can always give us a call. We at Beez Neez Plumbing offer a 24/7 emergency plumbing service. With just one call, you can rest assured that your plumbing emergency will be over in just a matter of hours.