What To Consider When Calling An Emergency Plumber

They say that water is essential for life. The statement holds true, only if you do not have a broken pipes, faulty toilets or clogged drains in your home, because these circumstances leads to water accumulation, hefty water bills, mold, seeping walls, damage to your property and a wide range of other nuisances.

When to Call an Emergency Plumber?

Most homeowners have a habit of dialing up plumbers for the smallest of problems, which is good because it is a good maintenance measure and can help uncover larger problems. However, ideally, you should call emergency plumbers only if you’re facing one or more of the following problems:

Busted Pipes

Depending on the type and quality of piping used in your home, you could be looking at major damages in the event of a burst. Fixing a broken pipe requires industry specific knowledge and expertise. Instead of using adhesives and a DIY guide, it’s best to let the professionals deal with it, especially if it is in an attic, behind your drywall or underneath a slab.

Frozen Pipes

Since we live in Jacksonville this is not really a problem we deal with too often, however we have an occasional freeze that can cause damage to your pipes. In the event your pipes freeze that will lead to water blockages and dry faucets. Emergency plumbers know how to unfreeze pipes, restore the flow of water and properly insulate your pipes to prevent further freezing.

Clogged Drains

If your drain starts to back up, it restricts the flow of water and leads to an overflowing sink; it can become a major problem. While there are several guides and instructions on how to unclog drains on your own, it is best to call a licensed plumber. They have the proper tools and skills for such a job.

Overflowing Toilets

The operation of toilets has always been confusing to most homeowners. An overflowing toilet is not a pleasant sight either. The problem may be a simple blocked drain or even a major toilet or drainage pipe issue. If you are on a septic system you could be in need of a septic tank pump out. Regardless of the reason it is always best to have a Jacksonville plumber inspect and fix the problem.

Things to do before Calling in Help

Even if you have some knowledge of plumbing, you will still need professional help at one point or another. After all, not all jobs are easy and safe. Before calling an emergency plumber, here are a few things you need to do:

Plan Properly

Most plumbers charge a high fee for a single repair. However, if the plumbing system needs multiple repairs, your plumber may be willing to negotiate a lower price. Identify all items that need repair and prepare a checklist of things to be done before calling your plumber.

Consider the Importance

While leaky pipes and clogged drains require plumbing assistance, not all tasks need their help. For instance, if your toilet is running, it could be as simple as replacing the existing flapper. Ask yourself whether the task is important, do you have the expertise to do it, and does it require the service of a professional plumber?

Think of the Cleanup

Plumbing is extensive work and often leaves your home dirty. Before calling in a plumber, consider the consequences: can you identify the problem? Do you have the materials to fix the problem? Do you have the time and expertise to fix the problem? Can you potentially make the problem worse? Are you willing to clean up the mess?

What to Ask Your Emergency Plumber

When hiring an emergency plumber, you cannot leave anything up to chance. To get the most out of your plumbing experience and to ensure quality and reliability, here are a few questions you should ask your Jacksonville plumber before hiring them for the job:

  • Are you licensed and bonded?
  • What is the total cost?
  • Is the rate flat or on an hourly basis?
  • When would you like to be paid?
  • Who will carry out the work?
  • Who will clean up the mess?
  • What will happen if you break something? Who will pay for that?
  • Are you insured?

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When do I need an emergency plumber?

Last month, we discussed the importance of knowing when to call in a professional plumber. But…. do you know the best time to call an emergency plumber?

If you come home to find four inches of standing water in your home, chances are that you will have the urge to rush and call in an emergency plumber. However, not every instance of a plumbing issue is the time to call for emergency service. Emergency service is much more costly and if it is a more minor issue you may be able to wait and save yourself some money.
Ask yourself this…
Consider the following questions before deciding whether or not you need an emergency plumber. How much water is it? Is it gushing or is it just a drip? If the water is gushing from a source such as a busted waterline, then the first thing that you need to do is simply cut off your main water supply valve. This will stop the water from coming out and you can simply call and request that a plumber come and explore what caused the gush to begin with. If the issue is simply water dripping from a pipe or a ceiling, then an easy solution is to just place something to catch the water under the leak and you can wait until the next day for a plumber.The time for an emergency plumber is when you have a large amount water leaking and you are not able to cut off the water supply to the leak. The last thing you need or want is for your home to flood. If you are not able to shut off the water or if the valve itself is the cause of the leak, then it is definitely time to call a plumber for emergency service. If the plumbing issue is one that is causing sewage to back up into your home then you would also want to call in an emergency plumber due to sanitation issues.

When dealing with a plumbing issue, take the time to question whether it is in fact a real plumbing emergency. By waiting until the next day, you may save yourself up to 50% on your repair bill.