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What To Do In An Emergency Plumbing Situation

First Thing To Do: Shut Off The Main Water Supply To The Home 

This is the very first thing you should do in an emergency plumbing situation. Shutting off the water supply stops additional water from flowing through and compounding the disaster. Do you know where the main water valve of our home is situated? You should. It is important that everyone in the family should know this BEFORE the emergency happens so that whoever comes home and find a major leak flooding up the bathroom or the kitchen knows exactly where to go to shut it down and stop the leakage. Searching for the valve during the emergency adds precious minutes that could make a huge difference.

Secondly: Shut Off The Gas Line

If your home has water heaters, it is important to shut off the gas line along with the water supply to prevent the unit from getting overheated or from breaking because there is no water running through it.

Thirdly: Call A Reliable Plumber

Do you have your plumber’s phone number on speed dial or at least someplace handy? If you haven’t already done this, do it today. Can you even imagine the nightmare of trying to find the contact details of nearest plumber through the internet while the pipe is gushing water or the drain is spewing out its contents in the background?  The best way to decide which plumber’s name you want on your speed dial is to ask your friends, family or neighbours for someone they would recommend.

The faster you can arrange for a professional plumber to attend to the emergency, the faster the situation will be resolved, which of course means lesser damage to property and a quicker return to normalcy for the whole family. There’s just no substitute for having the contact details of a reliable plumber who is just a phone call away when you have an emergency plumbing situation.

Is A Cheap Plumber Really Cheap?

More than just throwing your home completely out of gear, a blocked drain, a leaky tap or a busted pipe can also end up causing damage to your home. At times like these, having a good plumber on call is critical. Problem is plumbing costs can be high sometimes and that makes people look for a cheap plumber. But do cheap plumbers really help save you any money or do they work out costing you more in the end?

 

Every city and every area has service providers who are quick on the response, provide excellent client service and are inexpensive as well. The trick lies in being able to find one that will offer you all of the above.

 

The Paradox

There are plumbing companies who provide excellent service and are prompt and efficient but their fees are usually sky high.

You may find a cheap plumber that seems to provide similar services but this is never something that you can be sure of. Some cheap plumbers will end up cutting corners either on material they use or the service they provide you with.

On the other hand, there are plumbers who will provide you the best of services and use high quality materials and still not overcharge you. If you are able to find a company or a plumber who meets all these parameters, consider yourself truly lucky.

 

The Perfect Blend

The key is in finding a plumber who is professional, skilled and trustworthy. A plumber should be able to work safely, quickly and be on call in case of an emergency without much of a delay. It is important to speak with family and friends and get some references from them. It is possible that someone you know must have used the services of a good, cheap plumber from the locality. Take their suggestions and see how good a job the same person does for you.

 

Test Time

 

If you are trying out a new plumber, it is best to try their services for a small job first.

Call the person in to so some simple fixture work or have him clean out a blocked drain. If he completes that job within the stipulated time frame, uses good materials and displays expertise and efficiency, he is the right plumber for you. Remember that plumbing companies are as eager to maintain their reputation as homeowners are to find a good plumber. Any unfavourable review will only mean loss of existing customers and potential ones. A dissatisfied customer will relay the information to ten other people and word of mouth can be the best and the worst kind of publicity.

 

Opt For Quality

 

When you hear the phrase “cheap plumbing” or “cheap plumbers” you should be a little cautious. You need to ask yourself whether it’s really possible to get good quality at a cheap price. Plumbing is a specialized field. Most “cheap plumbers” end up being “fly-by-wire” ones who may not be around the next time you want them to fix that blocked drain. At the end of the day, quality and good service cannot always be provided at a low cost.

 

However, professional, high-end companies will do the job right the first time to ensure that the same doesn’t occur again so you know that no matter how much you pay them, it would still be cheaper than using a fly by night cheap plumber.