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How Can I Tell If It’s a Plumbing Emergency?

Plumbing problems don’t always follow 9 to 5 hours and if you run into a problem that just can’t wait, you may need to call in an emergency plumber. Glenview, IL has services that can perform emergency plumbing operations, but some people may be reluctant to use them because of the added expense. How can you tell if it’s a real plumbing emergency or if it’s something that can wait until normal business hours? The specifics vary widely depending on circumstances, but here’s a few tips to help you make that call.

Is the Problem Localized?

A problem limited to one particular outlet – a faucet or toilet, for example – is usually less serve than one affecting the plumbing of the whole house. If you have a second toilet the family can use, it might be best to wait it out until a plumber can come during regular hours. If it affects the whole house, however – rendering the family unable to bathe, shower or get drinking water from the faucet – then you’re probably looking at an emergency call.

Can You Stop the Damage Immediately?

Problems such as clogs can usually be put off for a few hours simply by not using those pipes. Leaks, on the other hand, need to be dealt with immediately, and if stopping the flow of water means shutting off the main valve to the house and leaving you without water of any sort, then you may need to qualify it as an emergency. Frozen pipes are another example of something that can’t wait, as are sewer back-ups and similar situations that constitute a direct health risk to your family.

Whether it’s an emergency or not, there’s one name you can always count on: Reliance Plumbing is there for you day and night to get the job done. Call us today!

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