Various types of emergencies can happen at home causing a lot of damage. However, one of the most damaging of all emergencies is a plumbing emergency. The most common plumbing emergencies include broken or blocked pipes, leaking gas, as well blocked toilets. As a matter of fact, appliances that are maintained in a proper way will greatly reduce the chances of disasters striking. Most homeowners are not well informed when purchasing toilets or having general plumbing fixtures added to their property, make the task of maintenance near impossible for the average homeowners. After contacting Damien McEvoy Plumbing we were given a list of the most common services they are called to in the early hours in the morning, they have supplied us with a tip sheet which may come in handy during your hour of need.
A gas leak is an extremely dangerous hazard because of its potential to cause huge damage to property and oneself. Therefore, if you detect a gas leak in your home, it is absolutely necessary to contact an emergency plumbing company immediately. The smell of gas is usually the first sign that something is wrong. As well as causing serious damage to your property, a gas leak can lead to an explosion, death, or injury. As soon as you detect a gas leak in your home, you need to switch off the main valve which in most cases will be located on the front side of the property, and then contact a 24 hours gas fitter.
Broken Water Heating System
If your heating system breaks down in the middle of winter, it is a plumbing emergency. This is especially the case so where you have young children at home, individuals who are ill or elderly, or have failing health. However, if there is not an immediate need to have hot water restored you should do a few manual checks to see if the issue can be fixed on without an inspection from a plumber.Check whether the thermostat has been switched off or turned down, as well as inspecting the pilot light to see if the flame has gone out, if so simply switch the heater back into the on position or relight the pilot. Check the Rinnai FAQ page here for some more pointers on fixing any issues with the system. Please remember to use your due diligence before taking part in any dangerous work.
Another reason why the heating system may not be working could be because the circuit breaker may have tripped and resetting it will cause the heating to come back. For those people who burn oil for their heating, it is important to check whether the oil tank is empty before contacting an emergency plumbing service. If after checking everything we have mentioned here and you still find your heating is still not working, and then you need to contact a qualified water-heating technician.
In the case of burst pipes, a homeowner should quickly locate and turn off the main water valve before contacting an emergency plumbing service. If you are not aware of the location of any emergency shut off valves then make a point of contacting your plumber. Have the plumbers come to your home and conduct an inspection and have them tag the valves while explaining to you which valves to shut case of an emergency. Sadly there is not much the average homeowner can do in the case of a burst pipe as the tools required to fix such an issue are not you’re every day “DIY handyman” tools. Best to leave this one to the professionals.
No Running Water
This situation can be generally be brought about by frozen pipes. Should you experience this situation, contact your closest emergency plumbing company immediately – the quicker the better. If you delay this process the blockage can lead to a pressure build-up which may lead to further damage your piping system and property. These professionals will be able to resolve this issue immediately because they have the necessary experience and expertise.
You also need to realize that not every plumbing problem is an emergency. In most cases, a hardy homeowner can comfortably handle most minor plumbing problems without the involvement of a plumber. The cost of an emergency plumber to visit your home at the early hours of the morning is generally a huge expense and should be avoided and put off until regular business hours if possible. Using some of the tips above you can better equip yourself for when accidents do eventually occur.