If you’re a first-time homeowner and you’re not sure what is (or isn’t) a plumbing emergency, it can be hard to know when to schedule an appointment. It’s also important to know what to do before a plumber arrives and check a plumber’s qualifications.
That’s why today, Yoder Plumbing is here to give you a guide to the basics of situation assessment, pre-plumbing prep, and checking your plumber’s credentials.
Assessing the Situation
While Yoder Plumbing does not condone doing your own major repairs, we do recommend performing a quick check first. Some leaks can be addressed by using pliers or a wrench to tighten things up, and jiggling your toilet’s fill valve can stop it from running too long after you flush it.
Again, we are not advocating for you to do your own plumbing. If you’re experiencing more severe plumbing problems, such as a burst pipe or a sewage backup, it’s crucial to call a professional plumber right away. These problems can cause significant damage to your home if not addressed quickly, and attempting to fix them yourself could lead to ruining your home.
Checking your Plumber’s Credentials
Choosing the right plumber can make all the difference when it comes to the quality and cost of your plumbing repair. Here are a few tips for choosing the best professional for the job:
- Check for licensing and insurance: Always choose a plumber who is licensed and insured. This ensures that they have the necessary training and experience to handle your plumbing needs.
- Read reviews and ask for referrals: Check online reviews and ask friends and family for referrals to find a reputable plumber in your area. A plumber with a proven track record of quality work and customer satisfaction is likely to provide a better overall experience.
- Get multiple quotes: Don’t be afraid to get quotes from multiple plumbers before making a decision. This can help you compare prices and ensure that you’re getting a fair deal.
What to Do Before the Plumber Arrives
Before you even call a plumber, there are some steps you can take to prepare for our arrival. This can help ensure that we diagnose and fix the problem as quickly as possible, potentially saving you time and money in the long run.
- Turn off the water. Cutting off the affected area’s water supply will stop more damage from happening while you wait for us to arrive. If you’re not sure where the water shut-off valve is located, your basement is a good first place to check.
- Clear the area around the problem. Move any furniture or belongings out of the way so that we have easy access to the problem area. This can help save time during the diagnosis and repair process.
- Make a list of symptoms for the plumber. By writing down all the signs that made you need to call, you’ll know how to explain the issue to the plumber. Preparing the plumber this way can save you time and money on the repair.
Choose Yoder Plumbing to address your plumbing needs!
Knowing when to call a plumber and how to prepare for their arrival can help you address plumbing problems quickly and efficiently. By following these simple tips, you can choose the best professional for the job and ensure that your plumbing needs are met with expertise and care.
Contact Yoder Plumbing to verify our credentials and see our full list of services!