If you have a plumbing emergency, you need to contact a plumber immediately – even if it is in the middle of the night. When a plumbing emergency strikes, it usually means water is getting everywhere and the damage can be devastating. It needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
If something goes wrong with your plumbing outside of business hours, consider if it is really an emergency or is it something you can fix yourself, or hold off on repairs until regular working hours? Knowing the difference between an emergency and something that can wait can save you money as after-hour house calls usually come at a premium rate.
When it can or cannot wait:
If you discover a leak somewhere in your plumbing system, turn off the main water line to your house. This, in most cases, should bring it down to a trickle if not stop it entirely and you might be able to hold you off until business hours. If you have a clogged tub or sink, you could probably hold off using it until the morning. If your toilet is broken, and it’s the only one in the house, you probably can’t wait the entire weekend before getting it fixed.
If for some reason you can’t shut off the water and it’s obvious it is going to cause more damage the longer you wait, then you should call for an emergency plumbing service. A leak can cause water damage in the floor, ceiling and walls. This might lead to having to rip out and replace drywall, insulation and even framing and could promote mould growth which is extremely hazardous to your health.
What to do in a plumbing emergency?
Shut off the water! It seems like a no-brainer but you would be surprised at how many homeowners don’t even know where their main water shut off valve is and whether or not it is in good working order. You can also try shutting off the water to the fixture or appliance that is giving you issues. Make sure all valves are closed and then call a professional plumber!
Try to stop the leak. For example, if an appliance is leaking, inspect the traps and drains. If a pipe is leaking you can try to minimize damage by tying a rag around the area or using plumber’s epoxy or duct tape. If the leaking water can be captured before hitting the floor, put a bucket under the drip until the plumber arrives. Learn how to fix leaky pipes.
In some cases, the issue can be from the main sewer or water line. If this is the case, then you will have to call the utility or municipality to come and fix it. If this isn’t the case, and the problem is yours to fix, contact a professional right away.
If you have a plumbing emergency, call the plumbing pros in Calgary!