Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
When something goes wrong with your plumbing, your best bet is typically to call a plumber. But which plumber, and when? Do you wait until your normal plumber opens and give them a call, or do you call the emergency plumber right then and there? Well, that depends. Here's a look at some common plumbing situations — plus some clarification as to whether or not they're emergencies.
A Clogged Sink
You turn the water on, and it just pools in the sink. The sink does not drain. This is not necessarily an emergency. Try plunging the sink and see if that clears things out. If that does not work, you want to call your plumber, but it can wait a day or two as long as you have other working sinks. When you should call an emergency plumber is if all your sinks stop draining at once. That indicates an issue with your main drain line, which needs to be dealt with swiftly.
No Hot Water
When you turn on the hot water tap and cold water comes out, that's definitely a problem. But it's really only an emergency in winter when a lack of hot water could allow your pipes to freeze. If it's above freezing outside, just make do with cold water for a day or two until your normal plumber can get there. You can heat water on the stove for a bath.
A Burst Pipe
What if your pipe bursts and starts spewing water all over the place? This is definitely an emergency, as you'll end up with a substantial amount of water damage if you don't take care of it right away. Turn off the water supply if you can, and then call the emergency plumber. If there's a smaller leak, such as a leak that's emitting a few drops of water at a time, you should still call an emergency plumber, as these tiny leaks have a tendency of bursting all of the sudden.
An Overflowing Toilet
This is one of those situations in which it depends. You can turn the valve off on an overflowing toilet to stop it from overflowing anymore. If you have another toilet you can use in the meantime, then this is not necessarily an emergency, although it is something to be dealt with promptly. On the other hand, if this is the only toilet in your home, a call to the emergency plumber is in order.
Is it an emergency or not? When in doubt, call your emergency plumber. They'll let you know if the problem can wait.