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At one point or another, everyone will experience at least one type of plumbing emergency in their lives. Whether it’s a clogged toilet or sink, broken or faulty faucet, blocked drain, problem with a pipe or any other type of situation, there is no convenient or welcome time for these types of emergencies, and every New residents will inevitably come to depend on the services of an experienced and qualified plumber who can help for an affordable rate. Universal Mechanical Group has been helping New Jersey residents, business owners and renters throughout the state handle their diverse plumbing needs quickly and affordably, no matter how bad they may seem. Contact us today at (973) 866-5445 to find out more about what we can do for you.

When A Plumbing Emergency Strikes, You Don’t Have Time to Waste

The thing about plumbing emergencies, is they don’t operate on any kind of schedule. You could be in your bathroom or kitchen at 3:00 am, and suddenly find yourself battling a leaking pipe, broken garbage disposal or backed up shower drain. These circumstances are often entirely outside of your control, but not the solutions through which you can handle them. When you suddenly experience any type of plumbing emergency, you need plumbers who are available 24-7 at a moment’s notice. The nature of plumbing emergencies don’t usually lend themselves to waiting. You also need a plumber that will fix the problem for a fair and affordable rate.

The Immediate and Long-Term Effects of A Plumbing Emergency

In addition to the immediate, glaring and urgent nature of plumbing emergencies, these issues can have significant long-term costs and complications that can impact your home and wallet. Here are some plumbing facts every homeowner should know:

  • Across New Jersey and the rest of the country, all the leaks in a typical to an average household can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water a year. Put in perspective, the EPA says this is the equivalent of the amount of water used in 270 loads of laundry.
  • Fixing the more easily manageable leaks, and most leaks tend to be easy to fix, can save you about 10 percent on your water bill. Easy-to-fix leaks include dripping faucets and worn toilet flappers and other components.
  • If your home’s irrigation system has a leak, even a hose tear that’s no bigger than a dime is thick, can waste 6,300 gallons of water per month!
  • If a plumbing pipe breaks open with just a 1/8-inch crack and you can’t staunch the flow quickly, expect about 250 gallons of water to leak out a day. And that’s just for a 1/8-inch crack.

While not all of these issues may constitute an immediate emergency, they can lead to significant erosion of the quality and integrity of your plumbing infrastructure while causing you to waste thousands of dollars over the course of the year. Waste has the potential to hit every homeowner in the wallet, even with their plumbing.

What Constitutes A Plumbing Emergency?

The answer to this question will become glaringly apparent when you’re forced to confront it. Whether you or someone else living in your home backs up the toilet, you’re suddenly forced to confront a broken pipe or your garbage disposal decides it doesn’t want to do its job and starts throwing what you send back at you, there are multiple situations in which you will come to need quick and immediate assistance with your plumbing needs. Some of the more common types of plumbing emergencies include, but are not limited to:

Overflowing Toilet

Fixing an overflowing toilet can be as simple as using a plunger to redirect the waterflow through manual pressure or as complicated as addressing a deep-rooted obstruction that can actually require repair or replacement of your toilet. Whether your toilet is clogged or has a malfunctioning float mechanism, the first step to take is shutting off the water flow. The water valve is located at the bottom of the water line on the side of the toilet, and should be turned completely counterclockwise. Once the water flow into the toilet is stopped, the clog or mechanism failure can be addressed.

Burst or Broken Pipes

Burst or broken pipes occur can quickly cause thousands of dollars in water damage, flooding in the area in which they’re located. a burst pipe can release up to 100 gallons in an eight-hour period. Burst pipes are often caused by corrosion over the years. If a pipe does burst, immediately shut off the water supply. Remove any furniture or other items, if possible, to minimize further damage. The problem should be addressed as soon as you find out that your pipes are leaking. If water leaks from the pipe, a rubber patch may do the trick. Another option is using waterproof tape over the leak.

Broken Water Heater

There are multiple situations that lead to a broken hot water heater, including a leaking tank, water that is either too hot or too cold, water that has a strange color or odor, and noises coming from the water heater. If the heater is leaking, call a professional for assistance. If there is no leak, flushing the water tank may solve color and odor problems, as well as improve the heater’s efficiency.

Backed Up Sink or Shower Drain

While the causes of these two problems may be different, the results are usually the same: and they’re never good. The most effective way to avoid a clogged drain is to avoid dumping grease, coffee grounds, and other dense material down the drain. However, even the most cautious property owner sometimes has to deal with this nuisance. If using a plunger to clear material from the drain does not work an auger (or “snake’) may be required. An auger is easy to use with a little practice and perseverance.

Shower drain clogs can be avoided by regular cleaning and removal of hair that collects in the drains and opening at the pipe. This can often be done by using common household cleaners.

Malfunctioning Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump in your basement, it can quickly end up being one of the costliest liabilities in your life when it breaks. A sump pump failure can be caused by any number of issues, including burnout, mis-sizing, weather exposure and multiple other issues. Remove the screen to make sure all debris that can prevent it from working properly is cleared from the propeller. If the pump has been running for an extended period of time, it’s entirely possible that it may be shutting down due to thermal overload.

What to Look for In An Experienced NJ Emergency Plumber

Customers who are facing plumbing emergencies are in an undeniably vulnerable spot. They need to get their problem addressed immediately, but they want to make sure the job is done right and affordably. The average hourly rate for a plumber can cost around $130, and you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Small plumbing repairs like unclogging a sink or drain cleaning costs around $75 to $250, while larger jobs like fixing a water heater or sump pump run $500 to $800. Some plumbers have fixed rates for common jobs or a call-out charge of $50 to $200 which usually covers the first hour of work. Get free estimates from plumbers near you.

Here are some things to look for when contacting an emergency plumber in NJ:

  • Are they licensed? Only hire licensed professionals, especially if your state requires licensing, as is the case in most states.
  • Are they insured? Only choose plumbers who can deliver proof of insurance.
  • Are they experienced? Ask the plumber about their scope of experience in the plumbing industry, and whether or not they’re equipped to deal with your issue.
  • How much and how long? After the professional assesses your issue, they should be able to give you accurate estimates of what the charge should be for solving the plumbing problem.
  • Can they be trusted? Make sure they offer a satisfaction guarantee on all work performed.
  • Who else have they worked for? Have your plumber provide a list of customer references and check them, if possible.

These simple steps will help ensure your emergency plumbing job is done correctly and with honest and integrity.

Let UMG Help You  with Your Next Plumbing Emergency

Universal Mechanical group has spent years helping New Jersey’s  residents and business owners get immediate peace of mind and assurance by providing quality, affordable and reputable plumbing repair, maintenance and installation of new fixtures. We proudly serve customers’ plumbing needs throughout the state, including Alpine, NJ; East Rutherford, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Englewood, NJ; Franklin lakes, NJ; Glen Rock, NJ; Mahwah, NJ; Maywood, NJ; Palisades Park, NJ; Paramus, NJ or you’re operating your own private little slice of the American dream in Ridgewood, NJ; Rutherford, NJ; Saddle Brook, NJ; Saddle River, NJ; Ho Ho Kus, NJ; Demarest, NJ; Woodcliff Lakes, NJ. Contact us today at (973) 866-5445 to learn more about what we can do for you and for your home.