Leaking taps, leaking toilets, clogged drains and bursting pipes are among the most common plumbing problems that often cause emergencies. Calling a professional plumber is the first and foremost thing you have to do. However, there are a lot of things that you can do to protect your property before the professional arrives.
Stop the water supply to the part of the plumbing system where the problem is. This requires simply closing the shut-off valve. In this way, you will stop wasting water and protect the tap, pipe or toilet. Do not try to remove the tap or do anything to the pipe or toilet before the professional arrives.
Do not use a plumber snake before the professional arrives. In many cases, people deal with a clogged drain problem by themselves to save money. This is a good idea if the clogging is minimal and if you have the necessary skills. However, in most cases, you will just stir the dirt down the drain and will not get deep enough to clean it effectively. In this way, you may mess with the work of the professional and have it prolonged. Just stay put and let the pro do the job.
Use a blow dryer to warm freezing pipes before the professional arrives. Never apply naked flame to them. You are waiting for a plumber to fix a problem with freezing pipes and you think that you can aid the professional by warming them. This is a good idea only when you do it safely using a source that does not expose the pipe to direct naked flame. Remember to get advice from the professional regarding the best possible insulation that will prevent freezing.
Clear and clean the area where the plumber will be working. This will save both of you time and it may save you money eventually. For instance, have all items under the kitchen sink removed before the professional arrives. Similarly, if there is water and dirt under the sink, you should clean the area so that the professional can work as comfortably and effectively as possible.
Once the plumber fixes the problem in your home, make sure that you learn how to prevent this problem and similar ones in the future. Ask the professional for individual advice and keep it. In this way, you will not have to call them again. More importantly, you will avoid breaching the warranty and using services for free, if the need arises.
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