by The Nashville Plumber on February 14, 2014

How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency


Toilet water overflowing, pipes bursting in the house and other plumbing emergencies do more than just give you a headache. They mean that you need to take time out of your day to deal with them, and you might have to be without a bathroom for some time. When a plumbing emergency strikes, what should you do?

First of all, remember that preventative measures are generally the best ones. You should have regular maintenance on your plumbing system and be aware of the particular issues that could affect you. Scheduling a consultation with a professional plumber is wise to find out about any problematic patterns in your system. Furthermore, now is the time to research plumbers. You don’t want to have to do that when a plumbing emergency arises. Having a reputable and professional team in your phone book will save you time in the long run.

When an emergency happens, you might be tempted to take care of it yourself. After all, you weren’t planning for this, and you still have things to accomplish today. While putting a temporary fix on the problem can help for the very short term, you are just going to have to deal with it again soon. Of course, you can take simple steps to hold you over until the plumber arrives. For example, let’s say that your toilet starts to overflow. Most people know how to use a plunger, so if you don’t, ask someone else in the house to help.

This is just fixing the surface of the problem though. Your toilet might not be overflowing right at this second, but it very well could do it again in the near future. This is why you have to call the plumber. You don’t want the problem to repeat itself tomorrow. On top of that, failure to call a plumber right away could mean that the problem grows and becomes more costly.

Explain the emergency to the plumber in a clear and concise manner. While you may not be able to describe everything that is wrong, the more of a picture you can paint to the plumber, the better.

Are you facing a plumbing emergency in the Nashville area? Stop and call Green Hills Plumbing immediately at (615) 866-1917.

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