Without fail, plumbing problems seem to happen either on a public holiday or a weekend. Of course, finding a plumber on these days is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Over the past few years, I have had my fair share of plumbing problems. In 2014, on Christmas morning, I woke to find that the toilets would not flush. After further inspection, we found the whole sewerage system blocked and was overflowing in our back yard.
We spent the rest of the day trying to find a plumber. Either they did not answer their call or they said we had to wait until their opening hours. As a result, we spent the next few days without the use of a toilet, unable to use any water (dishes, shower, or washing), and had to wait until these businesses were open.
With many plumbing businesses stating they are open 7 days a week, even on a public holiday, begged me to question the ethics of most of these businesses. When there is an emergency, do they go out their way to help - as advertised?
Recently, our hot water tap decided to retire. It was a Friday afternoon. Dreading the thought of finding someone so late in the day and close to the weekend, I began my unfavourable hunt.