A plumbing problem is always distressing, but during the holiday season it can be extra awful. Having the toilet clog up or no hot water when you have guests is just no fun – and having to wait hours or even days for the plumber to show up doesn’t make it any better!
What to do if you have a plumbing emergency on the holidays?
In any event where you have spraying water, such as a busted faucet or a pipe suddenly starts leaking, your first step is to shut the water off. If you don’t have a shut off valve located near the fixture, there will be a main one by your water meter where the water supply enters the house.
Step two is to assess the urgency of the situation, against when exactly you are in the holiday season. Toilets backed up and overflowing needs to be dealt with promptly. Si do burst pipes and other major plumbing problems. When it’s an obvious emergency situation, call for emergency plumbing service right away – even if it is Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.
In other situations, where the issue is inconvenient but not urgent, save money by making your call to your Astoria plumber during the next business day. A team will be dispatched right away, minimizing the amount of time you have to live with the situation while avoiding interrupting your holiday plans by having a team of plumbers in the house.
To speed up emergency plumbing repairs during the holiday, you can do the following things:
Make sure pets and children are kept safely away from the area where the repair needs to be done. Encourage any guests who may be inclined to helpfulness to enjoy the holiday festivities and let the professionals deal with the plumbing. This helps the plumbers focus on their work and get the job done quickly.