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.

When to call a plumber

Let’s be honest, no one wants to call a plumber. Nowadays, the introduction of How-Tos on YouTube and throughout various online mediums makes us feel as though we’re certified plumbers ourselves. There’s no job we can’t handle if we have the right instructional video on our computer. However, if you attempt to fix a problem on your own, you may find that you are making the situation worse!

Not all plumbing projects are ideal for the do-it-yourselfer. Here are a few tips to help you understand when it’s best to call in a professional plumber:

When permits are required

Moving existing plumbing, bathroom remodeling, or adding a new gas line for your BBQ all require permits. It’s important to have a professional plumber there who knows the process and building codes to ensure the inspection goes through.

Water heater work

It’s not recommended to work on your own water heater. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, which can make the process dangerous. Trust repairs and service maintenance to a professional.

Shower valve replacement

Don’t let online blogs and tutorials fool you, replacing a shower valve is complex and time consuming for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Trust an expert to help you choose the right valve and replace it without damaging the shower walls.

Basically, when a permit or extensive work is required it’s more cost effective and less frustrating to contact a professional plumber to handle the task. The plumbers at Metro-Rooter are certified, professional, timely, and affordable – why waste your weekend when you have us?

Dangers of DIY Plumbing

Sink, Plumbers, Jacksonville, FlAs homeowners, we’ve all considered doing it – repairing a plumbing issue yourself to save money. With online tutorials and videos at your fingertips, it seems like an easy to task to follow the instruction and fix that leaky pipe yourself.

The main reason homeowners will attempt to tackle plumbing repairs on their own instead of calling in help is to save money. Whether you’re tight financially or between jobs, residential plumbing is a serious task that should always be handled by a professional.

By the time that the professionals at Metro-Rooter receive an emergency call, it is often because  a homeowner has tried and failed to handle a plumbing job on their own.

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