A dripping faucet may be an annoyance, but it hardly qualifies as a plumbing emergency. Emergencies happen when pipes burst, welds let go, toilets crack, drains back up, and you suddenly find yourself with water and potentially sewage flooding through your residence. At that precise moment, you’re going to have your “Ghostbusters” moment, as in “who you going to call?”
Having a plan in place for just such an emergency plumbing service is something highly recommended by Marc Benoit, owner of Plumbtech Plumbing.
“We get about five emergency calls per day which equals 1825 calls a year give or take a few calls,” said Benoit. “The most common reason people call with a plumbing emergency is a plugged main drain.”
As an essential service provider, Benoit says the Plumbtech team is always available to assist their customers with all their plumbing needs. That includes 24-hour-a-day emergency service that includes three plumbing technicians on call to assist with urgent plumbing problems evenings, overnight and weekends. For all other needs, Plumbtech has 15 professionally trained and licensed plumbers available for commercial and residential plumbing jobs.
Plumbing emergencies can happen anywhere, but owners of older homes that haven’t had any regular service or preventative maintenance are particularly at risk according to Benoit.
“Older homes can be vulnerable to plumbing issues due to deteriorating pipes that need to be fixed and maintained,” he said. If pipes do burst, Plumbtech would send an emergency plumber to fix the problem and then provide contacts for who the property owner could call for proper cleanup and restoration services.
One of the most important things to know about your home even prior to any emergency plumbing need is knowing where the primary water shut off is located inside your home. People in older homes may not have localized shut off values under sinks in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. In the event of a burst pipes, shutting the water off immediately is a key to minimizing any potential damage or lingering mold issues.
Benoit said not every call to a plumber needs to be for an emergency, as there are many other common problems that also required the attention of a professional. These include things like low water pressure, a toilet that keeps running, lack of hot water, dripping faucets and backed up sewers. In most cases, these can be easily fixed by a professional plumber.
Plumbtech Plumbing is a full-service residential and commercial plumbing company that also offers services to cottage owners, restaurants, offices, condominium and apartment buildings. Look for them at 24 Ferndale Drive North in Barrie and online at www.plumbtechplumbing.com.