Homeowners know that at some time, a plumbing emergency is only inevitable, no matter how many preventative measures are taken. Knowing how to deal with the emergency situation can mean the difference between it resulting in a catastrophe and the problem being resolved quickly and efficiently.
Follow these five steps in any plumbing emergency situation for a quick resolution:
1. Turn Off The Water
Every homeowner, as well as the other residents in the home, should know where the switch for the water mains is and how to turn the water supply off. Plumbing emergencies frequently consist of water leaks or floods that could cause extensive damage to the home.
Being able to turn off the water supply as quickly as possible can minimize this damage. If you don’t know where the water mains are or how it works, ask a professional plumber in Pompano Beach for assistance.
You need to identify the problem before you can take steps to resolve it. Is it a leaky pipe, burst geyser or blockage that is causing the issue? If your sinks, baths, showers or toilets are overflowing or not draining sufficiently, it is more than likely that a blockage has occurred somewhere along the outflow pipes.
If puddles, damp patches or dripping water appear, you probably have a broken pipe or burst geyser. Should mold be present in any area in the home, you may have a slow leak that has been present for some time. Standing water outdoors or puddles could be a sign of a problem with the external plumbing of your home.
If you are having trouble identifying the problem, call an emergency plumber to help you. Always have contact information for a local emergency plumber handy to speed up the process.
3. Basic Plumbing Tools
It is not always necessary to call out a plumber to solve some common plumbing emergencies. Having some basic plumbing tools at hand could save you the cost of hiring a plumber and allow you to perform simple repairs yourself.
A plunger is the most important tool to solve blockages. It can be used for all types of drains as well as to unblock toilets. If the blockage does not release easily with the utilization of a plunger, use a caustic drain cleaner to dissolve the blockage. Should the problem not resolve, you may need to call a plumber to determine where the blockage is and use professional tools to dislodge the blockage.
A plumbers wrench is essential to tighten loose fixtures, fittings, and joints in pipes that may have resulted in a leak. Plumbers tape can also be used to seal up leaky pipes. Have a few spare washers handy to replace corroded ones on taps and faucets.
If you have a leaky or burst geyser, it is essential to call an emergency plumber immediately rather than attempt to make any repairs in your home. If you cannot perform a necessary repair, call the professionals as soon as possible.
4. Be Prepared
Be ready for the plumbers when they arrive! They may need to spend some time in the home to affect the necessary repairs. Also, be aware that emergency plumbers more often than not make only the repairs necessary to return running water to the home or fix a blockage immediately. They may need to return the next day or a few days later to solve the problem more permanently. Depending on the nature of the plumbing problem, a few days away from home may be necessary for the repairs to be completed efficiently and successfully.
5. The Cost
In a plumbing emergency, your second call should always be to your insurance provider. Homeowners insurance or property insurance policies often make provision for emergencies or major plumbing events that may occur in the home. Insurance should cover a portion if not all of the expenses involved in the repairs, including replacement parts and labor.
However, the call-out fee for an emergency plumber may be at your expense and in most cases will not be reimbursed by the insurance provider. So if at all possible, call a plumber during regular working hours to save you the additional cost.