by Zona on July 17, 2015

Tips for Dealing with a Plumbing Emergency

Indianapolis PlumberPlumbing emergencies come in all types; a backed-up toilet or a busted pipe for instance. As a homeowner, you should know how to prevent further damage to your home and have an emergency plumber’s number handy.

Turn Off the Water

The first thing to do if you do have a plumbing emergency is to turn off the water. If the problem is an overflowing toilet there is a shut-off value usually located under the tank. Both bathroom and kitchen sinks also have their own shut values underneath the sink in the cabinet.

If turning off the water to the individual sink or toilet doesn’t work, then you should locate the main water value and turn it off. The main value is usually outside the house where the main water line comes into the structure.

Calling a Plumber

After you have stopped the water by turning off the right value, you should call a plumber to diagnose and repair the problem. A good emergency plumber will be a local contractor with an excellent reputation. Additionally your plumber should be licensed, insured and bonded by the appropriate state board or commission.

Experience counts when dealing with plumbing issues so one with several years in business shows not only experience but stability. When calling an emergency plumber ask about their fees and if their work comes with a warranty. Also, double check what their response time will be.

Emergency Plumbing ServicesMost plumbers will carry a stock of replacement parts for the most common problems, but occasionally they will have to go to a supplier to get a specific part. You should ask who pays for the time they are spending while traveling to the supplier and back. Also ask about permits, should one if needed.

Final Steps

Now that you have called the plumber and they are on the way, there are a couple of other things to do. Try and clear the area from any clutter that may make doing the work difficult for the plumber.

Take the laundry baskets, kids’ toys, cleaning supplies, etc. out of the way so the plumb can quickly get to the problem and begin repairs. Finally, mop up as much of the water as you can. This will prevent further damage to floors and baseboards and make the area safer for both you and the plumber.

Looking for an emergency plumber in Indianapolis? Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical at (317) 881-9536 for quality service you can trust!

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