Toilet that won’t flush at 2 am? Water heater stopped producing hot water? A burst pipe in the middle of the night? Plumbing emergencies can be stressful! Luckily, First Choice Plumbing Inc is available around the clock - even nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure you always stay safe and comfortable at home. With experienced emergency plumbers on staff and fully stocked trucks, you can always count on us to find you a timely and long-lasting solution for your peace of mind.
Want to avoid plumbing emergencies? It all starts with maintenance. Be sure to ask our staff about routine drain cleaning and other plumbing upkeep.
Around the Clock Service for Your Peace of Mind
We know what an inconvenience it can be when your plumbing fails, and even more so when it occurs in the middle of the night. Rest easy knowing you have a trusted local plumber to call in an emergency. Best of all, we don’t charge extra for emergency service, just the same competitive rate we charge during normal business hours.
When you call us with a problem, we answer no matter what time of day or night it is. You can expect a technician to arrive at your home promptly in a fully stocked truck to ensure your problem gets resolved as quickly as possible.
What Causes Plumbing Emergencies?
Whether you realize it or not, your plumbing system plays an important role in your daily routine. From brushing your teeth to washing laundry and cooing, you need a dependable plumbing system in place. That’s why even a simple breakdown can feel like such an emergency.
Knowing what causes these issues in the first place, however, can help you prevent emergencies down the line. Some common causes include:
- Old Piping: As plumbing ages, it can deteriorate. Eventually, that weakened plumbing can lead to leaks and be susceptible to things like invasive tree roots. If you find that your plumbing has little to no pressure or there are signs of water damage, it may be time to have your system inspected.
- Clogging: A minor clog may not seem like a big issue. But once that clog turns into a complete blockage, you’re in trouble. Not only can it prevent you from using a specific fixture in your home, but in many instances, it can stop the flow of water throughout your entire home.
- Storm Damage: Gainesville can often fall susceptible to storms and heavy rains. This excess water can cause damage to your plumbing in a few ways. For starters, that water can pour into outdoor drains and lead to excess pressure in your system. Additionally, it can soften the soil around your home and shift plumbing, leading to issues like burst pipes.
- Wear and Tear: Appliances like your water heater and your plumbing system as a whole suffers from wear and tear every year. Eventually, this can lead to issues like pinhole water leaks and damaged water heater tanks. Always be sure to look for signs of wear like rust buildup, corrosion, and water leaks.
While some of these issues can be prevented, for example avoiding planting trees near plumbing, others can’t. To make matters worse, these emergency situations can happen at any time. Because of this, having a trusted Gainesville emergency plumber on call is essential.
Dealing with constant plumbing repair issues? It may be time for an upgrade! Be sure to ask our staff how a whole-home repiping project can help solve your issues once and for all.
How to Shut off the Water in an Emergency
Faucets are mechanical fixtures with many moving parts that can break. If this happens, water will start spraying everywhere. Try not to panic! Simply follow these steps to safely turn off the water.
Locate the two shut off valves below the sink - one for hot and one for cold.
Turn them clockwise until the water stops flowing from the faucet. If they get stuck, use a pair of pliers and slowly turn the knob back and forth until it loosens. Be sure not to force it, or the valve could break off and create worse problems.
If the handle turns easily, tighten the screw on the handle and try again or shut off the power to your heater and locate the ball valve outside your home by turning the handle clockwise until the water stops. Call our emergency plumbers immediately for repair.