Emergency Plumbing Austin Texas - Plumbing emergencies may appear without warning. If the situation is actually not an emergency, it will be better for you to schedule a plumbing service call during regular calling hours as emergency rates are often priced higher than normal plumbing maintenance rates.
A word of caution: If you have natural gas or propane and also you smell gas inside your home, shut off the main valve (where the gas comes into the home) and call for service immediately!
These are the basic five major causes of your plumbing emergency. Below are a few helpful troubleshooting tips you can look at before calling for service after hours.
1.) Check the thermostat. Is it off or turned down?
2.) Check the burner switch. Usually located near your furnace, it looks like a light switch with a red switch plate. Sometimes this does get turned off by mistake.
3.) Look at oil tank. Are you out of oil?
4.) Look into the burner reset button. Oil furnaces use a red colored reset button on the burner itself. Push to reset. If it trips again, call for service.
5.) Check the circuit breaker panel. Reset tripped breaker only once. If it trips again, require service.
Emergency Plumbing Austin Texas - No Water?
1.) Look into the pump circuit breaker in house panel. Reset once. If it trips again, it is possible to typically wait until morning to schedule a service call.
2.) Look into the pressure tank gauge.
3.) Look at checkbook! Did you pay your water bill?
No Warm water?
1.) Check all hot water fixtures in the house.
2.) Look at the circuit breaker internally panel.
If you have an electric hot water tank, reset breaker. When it trips again, usually do not reset. Call for service. If you have a tankless coil hot water heater, and you heat with oil, follow steps for "no heat." For those who have a gas domestic hot water tank, do not reset breaker or re-light pilot. Shut off gas valve and require service immediately.
1.) Shut off main water valve, or gate valve to that broken pipe.
2.) Call for plumbing repair.
Note: A broken pipe does not necessarily require 24-hour emergency service. However, once a place becomes saturated behind sheet rock or carpeting gets soaked, mold can occur within 36 hours. Some plumbers provide emergency water extraction services, in addition to mold remediation and restoration. Usually do not ignore a leaking pipe before you can get around to fixing it. It can create a much bigger problem the longer you wait!
Emergency Plumbing Austin Texas - Clogged Drain?
1.) Identify the cause of the clog. You can find the source by running water in other sinks in the home. If all drains back up, then the source of the clog is incorporated in the soil pipe itself. Require service to root it. If it's the toilet, plunge it. Whether it's only one sink drain, check underneath for any clean out trap. It is possible to unscrew the plug at the bottom and pull out the clog.
2.) If all drains are clogged, or else you are unable to unclog the trap yourself, call for plumbing service. Avoid the use of liquid plumber or similar products.