Many homeowners will need an emergency plumbing repair at some point in their lives. Ben Franklin Bay Area is proud to serve all your emergency plumbing needs, but before you make a call to a Novato plumber in the middle of the night, there are several steps you can take to determine whether the problem really requires immediate attention, or whether it can wait until morning.
Turn off the Water
The first step you take when you notice a severe leak or other emergency plumbing repair issue is to turn off the water. Start by turning off the flow of water to the sink or other fixture that is causing the problem and see if that works. If water continues to accumulate, the issue may be with a feeder pipe and not with a plumbing fixture. If possible, turn off the main water valve to your house to minimize the damage.
Assess the Problem
Before putting in a call to a plumber, take a closer look at the issue you are experiencing. For example, if the problem is a backed up toilet, then it is can most likely wait until morning without causing any further damage so long as everyone in the house knows not to flush. However, if the issue is a persistent leak from a cracked or broken pipe, it is best to call a plumber as soon as possible.