Burst pipes, gas leaks, faulty hot water systems, blocked drains, endlessly running taps and other plumbing disasters can often come as a very nasty surprise. We prepare ourselves for all sorts of emergencies in life but most people spend very little time thinking about what to do in a plumbing emergency. These problems range from annoying to catastrophic and often the end result is determined by what you do when you first discover the problem. So, we’ve put together a simple plan for what to do in any kind of plumbing emergency to keep things under control.
Call for help
To prevent as much damage from happening as possible, call an emergency plumber as soon as you notice the problem. They can run through what you should do while you wait and how to stay safe. Emergency plumbing problems can become dangerous quickly so make sure you don’t try to fix a problem that could see you risking serious injury to yourself.
Shut off your water
If your house is flooding due to a burst pipe, blocked drain or broken faucet you’ll want to stop the water as soon as you can. If it’s safe to do so shut your water off at the main. Remember, electricity and water don’t mix so if getting to the source of the problem is too dangerous, just get safely away and wait for the plumber to arrive.
Stop the spread
If the problem is severe you’ll want to protect your house as best possible from permanent damage. Do your best to divert water away from anything that can’t survive it. That could mean preventing water from spreading further by laying down towels to absorb some of the water or sticking a bucket under a leak while you try to shut the water off at the main.
Protect your belongings
If it’s safe to do so, get any of your belongings away from water. Any precious items that won’t survive water damage should be moved to a dry place while you wait for the plumber. If you haven’t been able to stop the damage spreading and there are electronics that are not near water now but might be soon, unplug them and move them somewhere that will stay dry.
Wait For Your Emergency Plumber
Once you’ve done what you can, wait for the plumber to arrive. As hard as it can be to sit back and watch as your home gets ruined, trying to do anything more that you’re not trained or equipped to do will either worsen the problem or result in injury. It can be tempting to try to fix a situation like this yourself but it’s the worst possible time to DIY. You will be extremely unprepared if you rush to solve the problem and a lot can go wrong. Just don’t do it.
Pascoe’s emergency plumbers are available 24 hours, for fast service when it counts. We service all areas in Perth, so if you’re in need, give us a call on 1300 072 726 today.