You are more than hopeful that this will be the last weekend that your husband, and other area plumbers, will have to be called out on emergency calls. After day after day and week after week of record low temperatures, many home and business owners find themselves facing many kinds of plumbing repairs and emergencies.
From small problems with small house leaks to big emergencies like frozen pipes in the middle of winter, it should come as no surprise that plumbers in many parts of the country are very busy. And while there are some small problems that can wait until a plumber can be scheduled to come out, when you have an emergency situation you need a plumber immediately. Some problems are so severe, in fact, that a lot of damage can increase every hour that you need to wait for service.
From new construction to repairs and renovations from many businesses and home, plumbers are in high demand. They are in such high demand, in fact, that they are often difficult to schedule. It should come as no surprise then that when you need an emergency plumber you will likely have to invest both time and finances to find one. In fact, a growing number of plumbers provide after hour and weekend services, but do so at a higher rate. And while it might not be your idea of fun to have to pay more, the fact of the matter is many plumbing problems need to be addressed immediately. The cost of the damage that can occur while you wait often far outweighs the cost of an emergency plumbing call.
Consider some of these basic facts about the most common times that both home and business owners find themselves looking for the help of a licensed and certified plumber:
- 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more per day.
- In an effort to keep them working properly, household septic tanks should typically be pumped every three to five years.
- Household size, septic tank size, total wastewater generated, and volume of solids in wastewater are the four factors that influence the frequency of septic pumping.
- 25% to 30% of household water use is accounted for by toilets.
- The average indoor water use in a typical single-family home is approximately 70 gallons per day, per individual.
- Grease, oil, and fat buildups cause nearly 47% of the up to 36,000 sewer overflows that happen every year in America.
Many Americans are looking forward to the fact that spring is only a month away. In the meantime, however, many people, especially owners of older homes and businesses, have to watch that they do not have frozen pipes as much of the nation continues to deal with frozen pipes and other cold weather complications.