If something goes wrong with your plumbing, it can be easy to immediately head to the phonebook and call the first plumber you see, for worry that something more serious could happen.
Instead, carry out these checks before you make any calls, to make sure you aren’t wasting anybody’s time.
How serious is your plumbing issue? Before you pick up the phone in a panic, consider just how serious the issue is, and if it could be solved with help from someone in the family. If you’re planning on using an emergency call-out service, ensure the severity of the problem is sufficient enough to warrant such an action.
Get a quote
If you are picking a plumber out of a book (or online) it’s worth doing some background checks first. Have a look at their websites and of course, get a quote over the phone if you can. This way you can have a reference point for any work and can estimate costs.
You should get a few quotes from reputable plumbers before you make a final decision, this way you know if anyone is hugely over or under pricing their services – in which case it’s likely that there may be something up.
Check their qualifications
If you’re wary of hiring a plumber, one way to put your mind at ease is to check that they have the qualifications necessary to do the work. If they don’t, the work may be completed to a poor standard, leaving you to call another, qualified, plumber.
Locate the shut-off valve
Before you call the plumber in a panic because you’ve found a leak, there is a solution that could slow the situation down and stop you needing to collect pans and bowls in an attempt to save your furnishings.
If you know where the shut-off valve is, you can easily turn off the water so you can calmly assess the situation and decide if you still need to call out a plumber. This will save you time, stress and money.
Call the water company
If you are having a plumbing problem, depending on its nature and which water company you have, they may cover the cost of repair or even send out their own plumber. Check to see if the problem you have is covered by your water company before you call a plumber yourself.