How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency
Unless you live in a house without plumbing or any other utilities, plumbing-related emergencies tend to be a part of the responsibility that comes with home maintenance. Much of the plumbing, such as galvanized steel pipes, that was commonly installed in homes between the 1930’s and 1980’s was considered very resilient at that time but is now rusting and falling apart due to age.
Shutting off the water is the first thing that is done for most plumbing issues, particularly with pipe bursts and sewage flooding. The good news is that in most cases, only the water connecting to the appliance in question needs to be shut off. From there, the plumber investigates the issue and accordingly, takes the appliance apart and then proceeds to make the necessary repairs or replacements.
However, before you give into the temptation of jumping in and calling the first plumbing service you see listed on Google, there are a few things you should check out. First, make sure that the company is appropriately accredited and insured, be sure to request their license number. Secondly, make sure they give you a free estimated cost upfront and if the quote they give is outrageously high, then they‘re probably not worth it. Finally, make sure that the company is able to offer you a warranty for at least one year for all repairs and/or replacements that you need. The last thing you deserve is to be cheated out of your hard-earned money.
Knowing the locations of your valves and main water supply is also very helpful. First, this will give you a fairly good clue as to what the problem is probably linked to. Secondly, instead of the plumber having to do time-consuming searches, you’ll immediately know where to direct him or her.
Also, many plumbing companies have 24-hour emergency hotlines that you can call any time of the day or night whenever a problem shows up. Remember, the longer a plumbing problem is allowed to go on, the worse it will get and the more it will cost you. Also, it saves both you and the plumbing company a lot of time.
Are you facing a plumbing emergency in the Little Rock area? Stop and call Arrow Plumbing immediately at (501) 588-3200.