Emergency Plumbing Repair Tips

Emergency Plumbing Repair Tips

Plumbing problems often require a quick fix, but don't hire the wrong company just because you're in a hurry!

  1. If you have a plumbing emergency, don't panic. If your first idea is to dump drain cleaner down your pipes, make sure you read the directions carefully. Some cleaners are not to be used on copper pipes or with a septic system, for example.
  2. Call someone you know. If you’ve used a plumber for a non-emergency job in the past, call them first. Although you should still expect to pay the extra charge for an after-hours call, they will be more responsive if you have already developed a working relationship. If you haven't used a plumber before, check Angie’s List for reputable companies and member discounts.
  3. Ask for proof of insurance. Even if you have water spewing from the pipe, ask for proof of insurance and license. If something goes wrong in the repair, you need to know that you will be protected. A good, licensed plumber will have this information handy.
  4. If fixing the problem requires digging out your septic tank, you might be able to save a couple hundred dollars by doing it yourself before the plumber gets there.
  5. If you have time, call a few plumbers and get some estimates. Even if they can’t quote you a price over the phone, they may be able to describe how they would solve the problem you describe.

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