What You Should Try Before Calling a Plumber

Steps to Take Before Calling a Plumber

It's the middle of the night when all of a sudden you're up to your ankles in water. It's the middle of the day and the constant drip, drip, drip, drip of water is driving you crazy. No matter what time of the day or plumbing issue you are facing, you know that you can pick up the phone and contact a plumber to come out and help you. But what should you do first? Are there things that you can try before making the call? Take the following 3 steps to help you work through your plumbing issue and prepare for the plumber to arrive:

1. Identify the Problem

The first thing that you need to do is determine what the problem is. Did a pipe freeze and burst? Is there a worn washer in your faucet causing it to drip? If it's the middle of the night, you should determine whether or not it's an emergency or can wait until the following work day. If you decide to try to fix it on your own, take plenty of pictures and keep all parts together.

Some things you can try to fix on your own include:
  • Leaky sinks - Look for any worn parts that you need to be replaced and tighten all screws.
  • Clogged drains - Use a plunger to push the clog down to the main sewer line or an auger to remove hair and other items.
  • Running toilet - replace the flapper valve and flapper.

2. Turn Off the Water 

If the water is running, take the time to turn it off. You can turn it off at the water supply or shut off the main water shutoff valve. Doing this will prevent further damage to your home and possessions.

3. Clear the Area

Before the plumber arrives, it's helpful to have everything cleared out of the way so they can get right to the root of the problem. If the problem lies with your sink, remove all of your cleaning products and other supplies. If the problem is in your storage space, clear a pathway so they can get to the pipes right away.

The Importance of Professional Plumbing Repair

When it comes to plumbing repair, it's best to take care of the problem immediately. Doing so will save water, reduce your water bill, and prevent future problems. Once you've done what you can do to fix the problem, you can count on Dipple Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Air to come to the rescue. We'll come to your home to help you diagnose the problem and determine the best way to resolve it for you

If you are in need of plumbing repair in Greenville, call Dipple Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Air at (864) 319-3220 or contact us online!