Stuck in a dire situation? Burst pipe, gas leak, blocked toilet? If you’re in a plumbers emergency then it no doubt needs to be dealt with immediately, so what should you do when faced with an issue whilst you wait for an experienced professional to come and fix the problem?
Shut of the water
As soon as a major problem occurs at your home, like a burst pipe, the first thing you’ll want to do is shut of the main water valve to your home. On most properties this is usually located outside around the water metre. In many gardens the water metre can be difficult to find, it’s often hidden in gardens but it’s usually located somewhere along the front of a property. Shutting the water down won’t fix the problem but it will stop your property from being damaged by water flooding into your home. Depending on the issue you may also be able to get away with not turning off the main, you can for example shut of the water supply to specific fixtures such as toilets or taps to prevent them from leaking. This can be extremely handy in a plumbers emergency as it means you can continue to use your home until someone arrives.
Have a plunger on-hand
Every household should have a plunger – if you’re in a plumbers emergency they could potentially save you a lot of time and money. If you’ve got a blockage then a plunger is a simple way to fix minor issues. You can buy a plunger from most hardware stores for only a few dollars. To clear a blockage you should place the plunger over your drain, creating a seal, push and then quickly raise the plunger up and down over the waste. If the blockage is soft then most of the time it will break down and pass through your pipes, if it’s not then you should call a professional before there’s any further damage.
If you notice a tap or another fixture leaking in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else in your home then you should consider it a plumbers emergency. Even if there doesn’t seem to be much water a leak can quickly add up on your water bill and cost you a lot of money, it’s important to fix leaks quickly.
Don’t pour chemicals onto the problem
If you have a clog then don’t proceed straight to the store to buy chemicals to pour down the drain. If you have a clog then you should consider it a plumbers emergency and call a professional. Sometimes chemicals can end up damaging your pipes and you may also not be sure what the obstruction is. A professional can properly identify the issues and solve the blockage.
Review the damage
Before you call a professional make sure you review the damage so that you can properly explain the issue. This can help the professional you call to identify the issues and makes it easier for them to send the right technician with the right equipment.
Call as soon as you can
If you have a plumbers emergency, don’t waste time, call immediately. Many homeowners often wait and don’t call an after-hours professional and consequently more damage than necessary is often caused. Call someone quickly as they’ll be able to solve the problem sooner and prevent more damage than necessary happening to your business. There are professionals available at all hours of the date and night and professionals should be able to give you there call-out costs and a quote based on the work you need done.