Have you ever had a plumbing emergency in the middle of the night and did not know where to find help? Well, one weekend not so long ago we had some visitors in the house, and I don't know what exactly happened, but by the time they left on Sunday evening, the showerhead in my aunt's bathroom was leaking. Unlike in the United States (and other countries, as well) where there are 24/7 plumbing services like the 24 hour Emergency Services from Roto-Rooter, I could not think of anyone in my area whom I could call to get it fixed that night. I tried to do some damage control but it only worsened. I was getting a little desperate, and so I decided that the next best thing is to close the pipeline leading to this bathroom to avoid getting up in the middle of the night just to check if the pails were overflowing and prevent waste of water. You can imagine my annoyance over the inconvenience!
The very next day, our regular plumber came and checked the damage. It seems that because of time, rust, poor maintenance and wrong usage, the shower just conked out. He recommended changing the shower valve and knob. Since this also meant breaking down some tiles, I threw frugality out of the window and bought a new showerhead as well!
This is what I wanted...
This is what I actually got...
Oh well, heheheh...
Like everything that happens to me in life, I saw this as a lesson, albeit an expensive one. But because of this experience, I learned that we should never take our plumbing for granted. It is not enough to just keep everything spic and span. Aside from our daily cleaning of our bathrooms and faucets, we should schedule for preventive maintenance at least once a year and be on the lookout for all kinds of leaks around the whole house. We should act quickly for any sign of trouble and make an arrangement with the plumber to answer emergency calls anytime, whether day or night. I am thankful that our plumber has graciously agreed to be on call 24/7.
Oh, and you know what? I found out much later that our local water district have people on duty to answer emergency calls...for free! But they only troubleshoot and make emergency measures and we still have to call our regular plumbing services for the proper repairs.
Disclaimer:This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.