15 Oct Benefits of 24/7 Plumbing Service
There is never a convenient time to have a plumbing emergency. Most of the time the toilet overflows or you get frozen pipes late at night, on the weekends or after normal business hours. When things like that happen, having a plumber who provides 24-hour service is invaluable.
What Does Not Qualify as a Plumbing Emergency?
Sometimes it might be worth it to wait to have a plumbing issue resolved during the next business day rather than calling for emergency plumbing services after hours.
Some non-emergency plumbing situations are:
A toilet that continues to “run”. In this case, the mechanism in the tank that should plug it up when it’s full is malfunctioning. You can open the tank and put the plug into place after each use. If there is another toilet in the house, then avoid using that one until the other can be repaired during business hours
A malfunctioning garbage disposal. If the motor has burned out, but water is still able to drain completely through it, you likely have a garbage disposal that is broken. Just don’t put anything into it until it can be repaired or replaced.
Sink draining very slowly. Try not to use that sink (if it is in a guest bathroom or you have a double-sided kitchen sink) if possible until a plumber can clear the obstructions before it become completely clogged.
Plumbing Emergencies that Require Immediate Action
Sometimes plumbing situations require immediate action, regardless of the day or time and you’ll need a plumbing service to help you right away. If any of the following occurs, call a plumber immediately.
Overflowing toilet. Shut off the water to the commode; the valve will be on the wall near the floor behind the toilet. Do not pour anything into the toilet like a chemical drain cleaner. Start mopping up the water and call for a plumber to come fix the problem to completely avoid it happening again anytime soon.
No Hot Water. This issue, of course, will happen on the night before all the in-laws arrive for the holidays. To keep the visit festive, call a professional plumber to inspect the water heater and make the necessary repairs.
Frozen Pipes. If you turn on the faucet during the winter and only hear a gurgle, your pipes have frozen. Turn the faucets to the on position to relieve water pressure in the pipes and call a professional plumber to restore your water supply. Do not attempt to thaw the pipes yourself with a blowtorch, which could further damage them (and you) or even an electrical device like a hair dryer or heater. Using electrical appliances around water is dangerous.
Low water pressure. If the water pressure is low in one sink, then it may have mineral build up in it and need to be cleaned out or replaced. If low water pressure is impacting your entire home, this could mean a few things:
- The main water valve to the home is not open all the way or not functioning correctly. Check to see if the valve is open all the way. If it is, wait for a professional plumber to inspect it.
- The pressure regulator has failed and should only be replaced by a professional plumber.
A water leak of ANY kind. Water damage is costly and often completely ruins flooring and furniture. It can even cause damage to drywall or the foundation of your home and lead to noxious mold and bacteria.
Having access to a plumbing service that is available 24-hours a day is invaluable to any homeowner. Since your home is your greatest investment, making sure the plumbing is in good working order is critical to maintaining its value. Also, considering the headache and cost of repairing or replacing things damaged by a water leak, any extra expense incurred by calling a professional plumber for service during the night, on holidays or weekends is very little in comparison.