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Emergency Plumbers: How to Not Get Taken Advantage of

When it comes to plumbing emergencies it is easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment and panic.  This is exactly what most plumbers want to hear when you call them for a quick remedy to the problem.  Given them a hint of desperation in your voice and you can literally see them grinning from ear to ear as they contemplate how much they are going to charge you.  With that in mind we need to find ways to minimize this opportunity and turn it to our advantage as best as possible.

The first thing to do it assess the situation at hand as fast as possible.  We want to determine where the plumbing problem is coming from before we worry about calling anyone.  If it is a leaky faucet you should note that and move forward.  This is a preliminary check and not meant to be an exhaustive search.  Think 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.  If it is indeed something dripping water the first course of action always is to stop the water.  First check and see if there are shutoff valves close to the offending area.  If so turn them off there, but if not, find your main water shutoff and close it.  The first thing to do always is stop the problem from getting worse.  More water always makes a plumbing problem worse.  If you can’t find your shutoff now would be the time to call that plumber.

For other common plumbing problems, Aaron from the Emergency Plumbing Site recommends putting together an emergency plumbing tool kit. Inside that are everyday plumbing tools that will allow you to get through most emergencies to get to a professional or find the time to do it yourself.  From here the emergency becomes more of a task that needs to be completed in a timely manner.  It changes the tone of your voice and how much a plumber can take advantage of you.

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  1. Really nice, I love do-it-yourself projects. I have discovered so much through doing my diy projects over the years, and ended up saving a bunch of money too ; )