Finding a plumber in an emergency

21 October 2021

If you’re looking for a plumber in an emergency, you’ll want to find one quickly! It’s by no means pleasant to see water spreading through your home or to run out of water due to a leaking or broken water heater.

How do you choose the right plumber from all the search engine results? How can you be sure you aren’t dealing with someone dishonest? We can help you find an available plumber in minutes, any time of day.

Do you need an emergency plumber?

As a first step, it’s important to determine whether the repair is urgent or if it can wait. Repairs must be made immediately if the breakdown or situation represents a danger to people or property or if it causes serious discomfort.

Types of assistance offered by emergency plumbers

Plumbers are often called upon to help people with repairs in homes or condos. They may also have to make repairs to commercial premises such as offices, stores or apartment buildings and perform a variety of troubleshooting tasks.

The most common emergency jobs plumbers do every day:

  • Unclogging a shower, bathtub or bathroom sink
  • Unclogging a toilet
  • Repairing or replacing a water heater that no longer produces hot water or is leaking
  • Replacing or repairing a flusher
  • Replacing a broken water line
  • Fixing a frozen or broken pipe
  • Locating and repairing a water leak
  • Installing or repairing a reflux valve to prevent sewer backups

Plumbing costs

The prices that plumbers charge depend on a number of things. The biggest factor is the time of day. The average hourly rate for a plumber is $80 to $90 an hour, but you can double these amounts on evenings, weekends and holidays. To this you can add travel costs of approximately $50 and rental costs for any equipment the plumber will be using (such as a snake, pipe thawing machine, video camera, etc.).