Failure to act quickly in a plumbing emergency can lead to expensive repairs.
If you own a home, there is a good chance you will need the services of a plumber at some point. Plumbing problems are something that is pretty much inevitable. With hair going down shower drains, food going down your garbage disposal, and kids putting things down the toilets that should not necessarily be going down the toilets, you cannot always avoid a backup or plumbing problem. So, what do you do in a plumbing emergency? The following tips will help you manage the situation and prevent further damage to your home.
1. Shut off the water.
When you first discover a leak or plumbing problem, shut off the water to prevent further damage. A small leak can mean thousands of dollars in structural damage if left untreated. A leak or plumbing problem could potentially lead to mold, broken ceilings or walls, or even unwelcome rodents or insects. If the leak is at a fixture such as a faucet or toilet, turn off the water running to the fixture. If you are unable to find the shut off or it does not stop the water, shut off the main water supply to your home. This is usually near your water meter. The shut off could also be located in the basement (sometimes near the water heater) or crawl space.
Follow this link for more information about how to shut off the main water supply to your home: How to Shut off the Water Main
2. Assess the damage.
Try and assess the extent of the damage before you call Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing. The information you provide over the phone will give our technicians a good idea of the problem at hand and make it easier for the plumber to quickly fix the problem. With the knowledge about the issue, we can plan the necessary steps to fix it, and we can also know how long it will take. That way you as well as our technician(s) will not be thrown a curve ball.
3. If necessary, call the water company.
Do not assume that you are responsible for the repair without contacting your water company. If you have a problem with the sewer main, a blocked sewer, or the main water line, your water company may be able to provide assistance. For information about the sewage system in Seattle go to this informational page:
4. Call Jim Dandy 206-633-1141
We offer 24 hour emergency service seven days a week. Try to give us as much information as you can about what fixtures are affected and what you have done to fix or stop the problem. This allows our plumbers and technicians to plan accordingly, including the necessary equipment and time it will take.
We quote our jobs over the phone. Not all plumbers will provide a quote without seeing the problem, but we believe you need peace of mind in a plumbing emergency and do not need to be surprised at the door by more bad news about the costs associated with fixing a plumbing emergency. Jim Dandy is here to help. 206-633-1141.