Some plumbing problems have a way of surfacing without warning, while others are more persistent and slow to turn into major ones. When any plumbing issue crops up, it tends to throw things out of gear. People often overreact and feel that it is an emergency. But it’s important to know the difference between a routine plumbing job and a plumbing emergency. Being aware of this difference can save you a significant amount of money. Let’s take a look at the difference between regular and plumbing emergency below.
How to identify the difference
- Regular plumbers have fixed working hours like 9-5, Monday to Friday. They don’t work on weekends or on public holidays.
- In comparison, an emergency plumber provides 24/7 services and many of them will also work on holidays.
- Some emergency plumbers may charge higher rates as they are on call at any time of the day or night.
- Emergency plumbers also do routine plumbing jobs during working hours and will also handle emergency call-outs as well.
- Most credible plumbing companies offer routine and emergency services.
Determining what you need
The best way to determine what you need is to assess the plumbing problem. A slow dripping faucet or even a weak shower, for instance, can be categorized as an annoyance rather than an emergency, and even a routine plumber would be able to fix it. When you are facing any plumbing problem some of the questions you should be asking yourself include:
#1 Is the problem going to result in water damage to your belongings or property?
If yes – You’ll need to call an emergency plumber.
If no – You can just call a routine plumber.
#2 Are you able to turn the water connection off to the problem area?
If yes – It’s best to do that and then book a routine plumber.
If no – You will most probably require an emergency plumber.
#3 Am I able to manage without these specific facilities until standard business hours?
You should first do so and then book a routine plumber. Ensure that you don’t use the affected facility; then book a local routine plumbing service.
If no – It’s best to call an emergency plumber to fix the problem.
Note: These are just recommendations of what you should be doing. If you feel that the plumbing problem that you’re facing needs immediate attention, you shouldn’t delay in calling in an emergency plumber.
Plumbing emergencies generally occur all of a sudden; they disrupt the workings on your property and affect your day-to-day activities. In most instances, these problems just don’t show up until it’s too late and the only way to fix them is to call in an emergency plumber. Some common plumbing emergencies are:
- Overflowing or blocked drains
- Backflow of sewage water
- Gas leaks, gas smells
- No hot water
- Overflowing, backed up or cracked toilet
- Burst pipes & water leaks
- Raw sewerage overflow
Call a skilled and licensed plumbing professional
It’s always a good idea to keep handy the number of a licenced and experienced plumbing company that provides both routine and emergency services. In case any problem arises, you don’t want to be scouring the internet looking for a local plumber that can handle the job on an urgent basis.
If you aren’t sure whether you need a routine or emergency service, simply call the plumbing company and tell them about the problem. You’ll find that if the problem isn’t really an emergency, the plumber will walk you through certain measures you can take to manage until business hours. If they feel the problem needs to be addressed without delay, they will send out an emergency plumber promptly.
CPC Plumbing responds quickly and fix all types of drain and other plumbing services, which provides our clients value for money. You can call us on 0413 131 216 or use this online form to send queries and service requests and we will revert within a short time.
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