Emergencies are always a cause for alarm but it never did solve anything to panic and worry too much. Plumbing emergencies in particular, are one thing homeowners never think much of until it happens and at the worst time possible. However, not all situations can be classified as emergencies and not all situations require 24-hour plumbing services which can cost you double if you’re not too careful about who you call.
So what are the situations that qualify as an Seattle Plumber emergency that you need call 24-hour plumbing services? Well for one, here are some of the signs and situations that you need to check for and ones that will indicate that you need a professional to do the job:
– Burst pipes
– Burst hot water system
– No hot water pressure
– Faucets that won’t turn off or keep running
– Drain smell or greasy smell
– Water coming out of the bathroom
– Toilets not flushing or backing up
– Water stains on the wall
– Blocked shower drains
However, even as you get up in the middle of the night and find water running in your bathroom, you need to do a few immediate steps to resolve the situation on your own first, like trying to turn the water off from the faucet or fixture where it is coming from. If you can’t turn it off from there, turn the water off from the main water supply.
Next, assess the situation before you reach for the phone because often overflowing toilets can wait as long as you don’t flush. Any particular problem can wait as long as you cut off water flow to that area. Remember that if you will need to pay a premium when you call in the middle of the night, a Sunday or a holiday so containing the problem if possible until the morning saves you from having to pay a high price.
Also, before assuming any responsibility for repairs, you need to check first with your water company to see if they can send 24-hour repair services, especially if the problem involves a main line break, a service line break or sewer blockage. Call the water company first and see what they will cover and then schedule the repairs to be made if any.
If the problem really cannot wait, then try to identify the problem as closely as possible, taking note of what is working and what is not. Have a list of questions ready so that you can decide immediately if you want to hire this plumber or not. If you’re on a tight budget, you need to shortlist at least three or four 24-hour plumbing services to get the best deals because the price ranges can vary and be very significant.
And lastly, remember to be very detailed and specific about the problem so that the plumbing company can give you the closest and most accurate estimate of the costs. Ask if there is a charge for the service call and ask to speak to the actual plumber who will be assigned to you so that you can get the best possible quote on the cost of repairs to be made.