If you have ever awakened from a deep sleep to the sound of water running profusely in your home, then you know just how terrifying it can be. It is moment of panic as you try to quickly ascertain (assuming you aren't already seeing evidence of) where the sound is coming from, and then racing to do something (Anything!) to make it stop. It is then that whatever emergency plumbing knowledge you might possess comes to mind. From buckets to sponges and searching for the cut off valve, there are many things we immediately start doing.
However, if upon getting the water flow stopped and ascertaining the situation, you find you are out of your league it is then you start looking for an emergency plumber and their crew to come bail you out. Thankfully, there are plenty of plumbing teams out there who are happy to assist you.
4 Tips for Hiring an Emergency Plumber
When you find yourself facing a plumbing emergency, it is important to first take a moment to step back, take a deep breath and try to think clearly. Yes, it's a stressful moment but acting irrationally will only lead to other issues to be dealt with. Now, that you have taken a moment to center your thoughts, let's get started:
- Stop and think – do you already have a plumber you have worked with in the past and that you trust? If so, then now is the time to call them.
- Do a local search. Ideally, you want someone nearby so the time between emergency and repair is quicker. If you can find one specializes in emergency plumbing, even better.
- Although time is of essence, don't forget to check out their license and qualifications. This is not the time to skimp.
- Still ask for an estimate, both for the amount of time to accomplish the job and for the work – even though you might feel strapped, you don't have to hire the first team that shows up.
It is impossible to always plan ahead for every home emergency. However, when it comes to your home's plumbing system, one of the best things you can do is have a plumber you trust already in your contacts list. Consider having them come to your home for a basic maintenance check-up at least once a year to give you a status update on your home's system This way, you can keep needing an emergency plumber from being less likely.
However, if you hear one of “those sounds” that means calling for emergency plumbing work, you don't have to stress. Use these tips and it will all work out.