4 Tips for Emergency Toilet Repairs

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Home
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4 Tips for Emergency Toilet RepairsIf your toilets floods the costs of repair can be enormous.  If the flood happens after hours, as they normally do, most plumbers charge an after hour fee ranging from $150- $250 and increase rates by 50%. For instance, McGill Plumbing in FL, charges $95 an hour from 8 am to 5 pm and $135 all other times. In addition to the fee, clean up costs can be upwards to $12,000 or more depending on the damage. Most homeowners don’t even calculate the costs associated with replacing drywall, carpet, wood flooring or painting.  Experts recommend having a trusted plumber in mind before your hour of need.  This will prevent being scam or spotty workmanship.

4 Tips for Emergency Toilet Repairs

Many toilet-related emergencies are the result of smaller preventable problems that go undetected, are ignored or are the result from flushing items that should be discarded in the trash. Even items that are labeled “flushable” should go in the trash.  If you own a home, you should know where the main shut-off valve is located. Plumbers often have stories about “treasures” they find while on call. Some of the strangest things fished out of toilets include: animals (dead and alive), dentures and food scraps.

The one thing most plumbers recommend to homeowners is: Know where your main shut off valve is located!  Knowing the location of the main water line can prevent a bad problem from turning into nightmare. In most homes the main water valve is located in the basement or utility room.

4 Tips for emergency toilet repairs

Stop the Flow. If your toilet is leaking or overflowing the first thing you should do is shut off the water. For most toilets the shut off valve is usually located behind the toilet.  If shutting off the valves does not stop the water, turn off the main water supply to your home. Once the water is cut off, call the plumber.

Do the smart thing. Before you hire a plumber, ask for pricing in advance. You should also decide if this is truly an emergency, is not, wait until regular business hours to call the plumber. Be very mindful of high pressure tactics, shop around and hire a trusted plumber.

Perform maintenance and minor repairs. Making minor repairs should as replacing old fill valves will keep a toilet from running continuously. You can also hire a plumber to fix small leaks before they turn into floods.

Only use toilet paper.  Flush only toilets paper down toilets.  Even products that are described as flushable such as some feminine products and wipes should be discarded in the trash.

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