A leaking pipe flooding the basement or the bathroom floor is a very unsettling situation for the average homeowner. You’d know that it’s an emergency when you take that first step into your bathroom and you find water reaching your ankle. Aside from the already alarming situation, there are more pressing matters such as water damage if the problem isn’t fixed soon enough. In any case, you should consider calling an emergency plumber right away. But how do you hire an emergency plumber?
Of course, you’d need to learn the basics. There’s more to hiring a plumber than just calling the first number that comes up your phonebook. You first need to get educated to avoid shelling out on the wrong person. There are a couple of things that you need to learn when you run into a plumbing emergency.
Most homeowners, unfortunately, run straight to the phonebook to search for a plumber in the midst of a plumbing emergency. This kind of mindset will only add up to your bills. The amount of money you are likely to spend on fixing a plumbing disaster is different for every plumber Myrtle Beach. You are charged even more when you call in on a weekend and it goes even higher if you just had to call on a holiday. What you first need to do is to stay calm, relax, and assess the situation.
Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC has some good tips on hiring an emergency plumber when you encounter a plumbing crisis.
Most people run straight to the phone to dial the first plumber on the phonebook. While we all would like to have a plumbing problem fixed right away. The correct thing to do is not panic and stay away from that phone – at least for the meantime.
When you are faced with a busted pipe, the very first thing that you should do is shut the main water supply. Doing this would cut off the water for the entire house but it would contain the problem temporarily. The main water valve is normally located under a rectangular lid. This metal casing normally houses your water meter. It would be very hard to miss. Modern homes normally have this valve at the front of the home. Do note that you may need the aid of a wrench to turn the valve off.
If your toilet or water heater is having some leaks, you can quickly turn them off using the same principle. Your toilet would normally have a valve at the base. Some designs might have the hidden valves but normally the valve is easily reached at the base to conveniently turn the water supply leading to the toilet on or off. The water heater also has a shut off valve normally located next to the pipes that lead to and from the heating unit. Check whether you have completely shut off the water supply. If you have, then you call a plumber.
Spend a little bit of time calling a number of plumbers, writing down their offers one at a time. It is recommended that you call 3-5 plumbers and cross out the ones that you find charging more. If you don’t have any luck with your phonebook, you could always ask your friends and family. Another option is to look through social media sites like Facebook. Searches normally yield a number of professionals near you. Be sure that you check out previous customer reviews, evaluate them, and check if the best one fits well with your budget.
The internet will really help you out a lot. You can do searches on Facebook and Google. The search results in Google often come with reviews from previous customers, making it a reliable source of information. You could also visit www.yelp.com for more reviews of your prospect plumber.
Lastly, you should always pay attention to the rates. Fixing a problem with your plumbing Myrtle Beach will be different for each plumber. Some plumbers charge by the hour and some for a one-time fee. After you narrow down your list, filter it even further, checking out the plumbers that offer the best rates. Going over these tips will help you find the best plumber, get your problem fixed, and not get ripped off.
Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC today to learn more tips and tricks in resolving plumbing problems.
Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579