Emergency Plumber: Everything you need to know!

1st For Plumber Emergency PlumbingWhen a problem strikes and affects the performance of your plumbing system - at home or within your business premises - it is reassuring to know that you have the services of an accredited expert ready to help you, with only one phone call. If you are unsure how to react when faced with a plumbing emergency, you can learn more by reading our following guide.

When is it an emergency?

One thing is certain: emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. However, many people remain unsure of what constitutes a plumbing emergency, and whether they should call for immediate assistance.

For example, toilet clogs and clogged drains may require nothing more than basic drain cleaning services, while a water heater repair may demand a more extensive solution. But do they require an emergency response?

When property, or people's health, is put at risk, that is a plumbing emergency, and you require an instant response. Leaking mains supply, overflowing waste or drainage pipes, or any malfunction concerning heated water may demand instant resolution. If in doubt, call your local emergency plumbing provider for professional advice.

What will my emergency plumber do?

A reputable plumber will be able to resolve any fault or issue that your water system may be experiencing. With the expertise to tackle any problem - from drain cleaning services and serious toilet clogs, to emergency water heater repair procedures - 24-hour plumbers remain on stand-by, ready to help you. Below is just a selection of the wide range of services that every emergency plumber should be able to provide:

  • 24-Hour Plumbing
  • Backflow Repair
  • Bathroom Drain Cleaning
  • Bathroom plumbing repair
  • Burst water pipe
  • Clogged drain services
  • Clogged toilet unclogging
  • Dishwasher repair service
  • Drain cleaning
  • Drain field repair
  • Faucet repair
  • Garbage disposal repair
  • Grease trap maintenance
  • Storm drain cleaning
  • Sump pump replacement
  • Toilet flange repair
  • Toilet leaking
  • Water heater service

What can I do to protect my property?

With any difficulty in your plumbing system, the best advice is always to call an experienced professional right away, and wait for their guidance. Every plumbing system typically holds a high volume of water, so even a small fault could potentially cause many thousands of dollars worth of damage to your property if it is not dealt with in the correct manner, and with the right expertise. It is rarely advisable to attempt to tackle a plumbing issue by yourself.

Equally, some faults do require some minor, immediate action. Overflowing, clogged drains or a severe leak, for example, may cause extensive damage in a matter of minutes. In these situations, there are a few steps that you can undertake to ensure any disruption or damage to the premises is kept to a minimum.

It is usually possible to shut off the water supply to a property, via the main water shut-off valve. In many homes, the main water shut-off valve is located in the basement or crawl-space, near a water meter (if present), or within the kitchen or bathroom. Main valves require two complete turns in a clockwise direction to shut off the water supply. Use steady, consistent pressure and, if the valve will not turn, do not attempt to force it.

Can I leave it? Will the problem resolve itself?

Due to the way your plumbing system is installed, it is unlikely that a serious fault will resolve itself without causing serious problems for you, or damage to your property. A blockage may eventually clear, but until it does you expose your premises to the substantial risk of flooding. On the other hand, physical damage such as corrosion, bursts and leaks will never resolve without expert intervention. When you are faced with a plumbing emergency, the very worst thing any property owner can do is nothing at all.

What should I do next?

The most important first step to solving your plumbing emergency is to find a local emergency plumber who you can trust to solve your problems with confidence. To discover the most reputable 24-hour plumbers in your area, simply select the link below for your nearest city, and call to receive immediate help, advice, or repair services, 24 hours a day.

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