What to do in a Plumbing Emergency

Encountering a plumbing emergency is a worry for anyone who is responsible for a house or property, and when it comes to problems with plumbing, it is rare that it can be left for any amount of time or ignored. By leaving a plumbing problem, not only can it be expensive and a waste of water, it can also potentially be very damaging to the building and its contents.

Plumbing emergencies are often unforeseeable and this contributes to the stress and worry, and ultimately, people making rash decisions and making problems worse. The good news is that with a little planning and preparation you can reduce these issues.

So, if you do have a plumbing emergency, what should you do, and how can you sort it out with as little disruption as possible?

1. If there is a leak, catch it

If you notice a leak, try to find the source as quickly as possible and use a bucket to catch the water. This will hopefully enable you to avoid any damage to your property. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the water level of your bucket, as an overflowing bucket defeats the purpose!

2. Turn off the water at the stopcock

It is surprising how many people don’t know where their stopcock is. If you don’t know, try to find out as soon as possible or ask when you move into a new house.  As soon as you notice a leak or other plumbing problem, turn off the water at the stopcock as this will prevent any more water from entering the pipes.

3. Turn your water heater off

When you turn off your water, you also need to turn your water heater off. If not, the heater and any water that is inside can overheat and eventually explode.

4. Call a plumber

The next step is to find and call an emergency plumber. Depending on the seriousness of your problem, they should either be able to fix it temporarily or permanently. They should also be able to give you information about the cause of the problem (if you are in doubt) and what steps you should now take – e.g. changing something in your home, or whether you should contact your insurance company.

When you are looking for a plumber, don’t just go with the first one that you find, have the number of a couple of plumbers who are recommended or that you are confident with, ready.

5. Open outside spigots

If you have turned off your water at the mains, you can relieve the pressure by opening any spigots that you have outside the house.

6. Photos

If you have suffered damage to your property as a result of the plumbing issue, it is worth taking photos which can be used as evidence should you need it. Even if you are not planning on claiming on your insurance right now, it might be that sometime down the line you do.

A plumbing emergency can be stressful, but the most important thing to remember is to keep calm. By being prepared with the numbers of good plumbers and understanding a little about your plumbing system, you can ensure that the issue is dealt with quickly and with minimum disruption.

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