There are few things as unnerving as a plumbing emergency. And doesn’t it seem almost as if your water pipes and drain have a mind of their own? It’s kind of like Murphy’s law. If it’s a holiday weekend, if you have family coming over, or if something important is happening, then you’re going to have plumbing emergencies. When that happens, you’re going to need an emergency plumber. But do you even know where to begin finding one?
When You Need an Emergency Plumber
Sometimes, you might need an emergency plumber. If your toilets are all backing up into your home, if your septic tank has started to overflow, or if you have water filling up the basement because the sump pump stopped working, then it’s time to make some calls and get some serious plumbing help immediately. But some homeowners may not want to pay for an emergency plumber to come to their homes and address the problems.
If you have a leaky faucet or a leaking toilet that’s causing a plumbing problem, look for the shut-off valve. This is a valve with a handle that can be turned to shut off the water to that particular fixture. Every sink and toilet in your home will have its own shut-off valve. If you can get by for a couple of days, turn off the shut-off valve and wait for regular business hours before you start calling local plumbers.
However, if you have a true emergency, you will need to pursue plumbing services right away. Luckily, many plumbing companies offer emergency services. This means that someone can be at your home within a few hours. An emergency plumber can stop the immediate problem and give you peace of mind. This way, you can get the full plumbing repair you need during normal business hours.
Why You Need Regular Plumbing Help
About 13.7% of the water you use in your home is actually the result of leaks, according to Plumbing Manufacturers International. That means that over 13% of the money you pay on your water bill is covering easily preventable leaks. You may as well just throw some of your money right out the window. Getting regular plumbing maintenance and having your pipes checked for leaks at least once a year will help you avoid wasting a ton of money on your water bill. Plumbers have special equipment to detect leaks, allowing them to let you know right away whether or not you have a leak somewhere in your home. If a leak in your home goes undetected and untreated for a year, in just 12 months this single leak may cost you $164.50 extra on your water bill.
Leak detection isn’t the only reason you need regular plumber service. Experts say that you should drain and remove sediment from your water heater annually. This will keep it functioning at its peak. Water heaters that are bogged down with debris and sediment may take more energy to power than water heaters that are serviced and cleaned regularly. You can also talk to your plumber about newer, more modern options. Try a tankless water heater and you’ll have to perform a lot less maintenance to keep your water well-heated.
Finding an Emergency Plumber
Ideally, you’ll never need to call an emergency plumber to fix a drain or leak problem within your home. Through regular maintenance and by calling for plumbing services as soon as you notice a problem, you can avoid many emergencies — not to mention high water bills. Every single year, about a trillion gallons of water are wasted due to leaking faucets, running toilets, and other types of leaks. That adds up to $6 billion in water. A leaky showerhead that rips 10 times per minute wastes more than 500 gallons of water every year. That’s roughly the same amount of water used to wash 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
Don’t let your money go down the drain (literally). Call a plumber as soon as you see a problem and get it addressed as soon as you can. You deserve to hang onto the money you’ve earned, instead of watching it go right down the drain.