Plumbing issues can be some of the most unpredictable problems that you'll run into. When emergencies happen out of nowhere, the clock is ticking and you'll have to bring in a plumbing professional that can take action. Here's what you need to know.
1. Choose an emergency plumber that is quick to respond but also focused on long-term solutions
When you run into emergency plumbing problems, finding an emergency plumber in your area should always be your first step. When you're choosing a plumber, make certain that they do emergency work. Ask about their hours of business and what you have to do to get after-hours service.
Hire a professional that will leave your plumbing system better than it was by implementing long-term solutions. For example, replacing an old toilet with a low flow toilet can help to avoid leaks in the future, while also reducing water use from 13 gallons per flush to 4 gallons per flush. Having a plumber improve the infrastructure itself can buy you more quality years from your plumbing system.
2. Isolate the plumbing problem and get to the root of it quickly
When an emergency plumber arrives they will immediately get to the bottom of not just what is happening, but why the plumbing issue came about. The plumbing issue becomes even more complex when you're dealing with things like sewage backups. This leads to blackwater issues that can damage your health.
If you have sewage problems, your emergency plumber might also need to use infrared technology to more deeply explore your system. These infrared checks can cost you about $570 most of the time, so tack this on to your emergency repair bills. If you start with an insurance claim you can account for every pre-inspection and repair job that shores up the emergency work.
3. Get up-front cost estimates so that the plumbers can move forward with the work
Prior to moving forward with emergency work, have your plumber give you an estimate. Get it in written form so that you have proof and to substantiate any insurance claim. Your emergency plumbers will either charge you a flat rate or an hourly rate. In the case of an hourly rate, they'll generally charge you between approximately $100–$350 per hour, in addition to a traveling fee upwards of $300 or so.
Handle your emergency plumbing repairs by using the tips in this article.