It’s happened to everyone at some point or another. It’s late at night. You wake up to use the bathroom, still half asleep. Suddenly, you realize that the toilet is overflowing. Water is rapidly spilling over the floor, and it is showing no signs of stopping. You need a plumber-now!
Emergency plumbers can be difficult to find and are often extremely expensive. And let’s face it; there are some problems that just can’t wait until morning, especially if you’re having guests over the next day (which often seems to be the case when these unexpected circumstances arise).
One problem that happens when you need an emergency plumber is you who to trust? It’s always good to research ahead of time. Your regular one may offer emergency services, if not, ask them to refer you to a good company that does.
Blindly picking a name out of the phonebook can leave you with poor workmanship and a huge bill. You’ll want to do your best to find a licensed and experienced person. When it’s the middle of the night and you’ve sprung a leak, you don’t want the added stress of watching a novice fumble around for hours.
Normally, a drippy faucet or clogged sink can be ignored until needed for regular use again. However, a gas leak or burst pipe shouldn’t be left and poses health and safety threats to not only your family, but potentially nearby neighbors. You can also cause extensive damage to your home, and a simple repair can end up costing you a fortune.
The sooner you call an emergency plumber to address serious problems the more money you are likely to save in the long run. You also want to consider what can potentially happen if you leave a problem for a few days. A clogged toilet may seem unimportant, but sewage can block up and cause a serious health hazard.
If you own a small businesses and offer bathroom services to your patrons, you’ll want to make sure to call a plumber quickly as you could end up upsetting many good clients.
Most can forgive a temporary out of service toilet, but if the problem persists they may choose to take their business elsewhere. Out of service facilities also look sloppy and unprofessional. Nobody wants to see an out of order sign hung up for weeks on end. It conveys the message that your clients’ comfort is not a top priority.
So what to do if you can’t get a plumber in as quickly as you’d like? You should do your best to mop up excess water and clean any debris from the area as people can slip and standing water can cause bad odors and damage to the floor or carpeting. If the toilet is the problem, don’t attempt to flush it again even if it has had the chance to sit for a while.
You are more likely to end up with a flood than with more positive results. If the plumbing problem happens at your business or workplace, make sure there are plenty of visible signs so people don’t accidentally use the facilities.