You never know when you will need an emergency plumbing repair. Even homeowners who pay attention to preventative maintenance can find themselves facing an unexpected problem in their pipes, and the issue usually needs to be addressed right away, particularly if it involves flooding. Unfortunately, many consumers don't have the cash set aside to pay for an unforeseen plumbing repair. Read on to learn how to not get stuck high and dry in an emergency.

Finding the Cash to Pay the Plumber

Smart homeowners set aside a portion of their salaries each month for an emergency fund, but sometimes saving is easier said than done. Americans have countless expenses every month, from food to school fees to taxes to the mortgage. If you are having trouble saving money, rest assured that you aren't alone. According to a recent report, a full quarter of homeowners in the United States have no money available for a plumbing emergency.

However, plumbing repairs are not something you can put off – if water is flooding your home, you will experience more damage every second that you don't stop it, and end up paying far more in the end if you don't rectify the problem immediately. Not only does the water damage your home and belongings, it can provoke mold growth that will cause respiratory problems and other health ailments. Conversely, if you have no water flowing through your pipes due to some problem, your house will quickly become unlivable unless you have an alternate source of water.

Boost Your Savings and Protect Your Pipes

Follow these steps to avoid getting stuck with broken pipes and a flooded home:

  • Save, save, save. If you’re having trouble putting money aside, try having your bank automatically move a portion of your paycheck to a dedicated savings account so the money will be sequestered before you even have a chance to spend it. When you need your savings, you'll be glad you have them.
  • Don't neglect important home maintenance, such as securing your irrigation system for the winter, protecting yourself from frozen pipes and keeping an eye out for hidden plumbing leaks. A small amount of time dedicated to maintenance today can save you a huge hassle and bill for plumbing repairs tomorrow.
  • Think about purchasing a home plumbing warranty so your regular maintenance is covered and you won't be left scrambling in the event you do have an emergency.

Get Help from an Expert Plumber Immediately

When water starts flooding your home, you have no time to spare. For any emergency plumbing repairs or routine maintenance, get in touch with a residential plumber without delay.

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