When your toilet won't flush or your kitchen sink is spraying water all over the room, you need a plumber as soon as possible. It's easy to get a little frantic trying to get the problem fixed! But if you're calling over a plumber like Plumber A Rescue Rooter, there are a few things you can do to make the visit more effective (or even less expensive).
Check For Multiple Problems
When you call out a plumber, part of what you pay for is for them to come out to your home – and this can get expensive, especially if you live in a rural area. It only makes sense to minimize the number of visits to your home.
So if you have to call out a plumber to take a look at a problem, it's a good idea to also go around and check the rest of your drains and faucets. See if you have any dripping faucets that you've grown used to or any drains that are getting slow, and you might save yourself from needing to call the plumber back next week.
It can even be a useful way to occupy yourself while waiting for the plumber to arrive – although if you have any more serious problems, it's best to tell the plumber everything you'd like looked at before he/she sets out.
Clean And Organize
The longer it takes the plumber to get at your pipes, the more difficult you make their job – and at an hourly rate, you'll be paying for that difficulty, too. If you have pipes running through a basement, attic, or crawlspace that the plumber might have to look at, make sure to clear the area of furniture, boxes, and other stuff that might get in the way; these areas are often cluttered.
Beyond just making the plumber's job easier and faster, cleaning up also means that the areas the plumber will be working in are safer and less hazardous. You definitely don't want to end up with a huge pile of Christmas decorations collapsing onto the plumber while they are trying to work!
Make Notes About The Problem
Sometimes, it will be very obvious what's wrong. If you can see that your pipe froze and burst open in a very specific spot, for instance, the plumber will be able to get to work fixing it quickly. But other times, you're dealing with a symptom – a faucet that won't shut off, a toilet that's backing up, or a sink that's not getting hot water, for instance.
In those cases, it can be helpful to write down what you know about the problem as well as what you've already tried. Writing it down means you won't forget to mention anything important to the plumber. And having such a list can help the plumber narrow down the problem more quickly, helping you get back to normal as fast as possible.