Sometimes it’s hard to determine what a plumbing emergency actually is. A plumbing emergency situation could be anything from a broken pipe to a blocked drain. There’s never a good time for a plumbing emergency, but when it does happen reaction time is crucial, you need to think quick and be smart with your actions. Call us as soon as you notice a plumbing emergency so that we can talk you through how to handle it and get an experienced team member on their way to you. Here are 3 ways to handle common emergency plumbing situations:
#1. Flooding – turn the water off immediately
This may seem like an obvious response, but it’s surprising what panic can do in an emergency plumbing situation. The best way to stop flooding is to turn the water off immediately. Shut off the main water valve to the house by locating the water meter. The water meter is generally found outside, along the front boundary of the house. Better yet, if the leak is on the hot water pipe or hot water fittings you can isolate the water supply to your hot water unit only, and leave the water meter on. By doing this you don’t have to shut the water off to the whole house and you will have access to water while you wait for the plumber.
If you have a leak on a kitchen mixer tap or bathroom basin mixer tap there should be isolation taps under the sink to isolate the taps.
Remember that shutting the water off won’t solve the problem, it will just prevent further water damage to your home.
If you are unsure, it’s best to get in contact with our emergency plumbing team as soon as possible. We can advise on how to shut off the water supply quickly and organise for a plumber to visit.
#2. Leaking – repair any leaks quickly
Water leaks and broken pipes are a huge problem for homeowners. Whether it’s a dripping tap or a burst pipe, you want to get on top of the issue before it gets worse. Temporarily repairing a leak could potentially save your house from further damage and buy some time until our experienced emergency plumbing team gets to repairing it.
If you have noticed a leak or can hear or see dampness in your walls, you most likely have a plumbing emergency. The leak could be located at a threaded joint or on a pipe in the wall, or in bathrooms or wet areas could be water penetrating through grout or cracked tiles.
Sometimes drainage from these areas can be blocked or broken causing moisture to penetrate and cause damage.
#3. Blocked Drains – do not use chemicals
Most chemicals you can buy from the supermarket contain harsh ingredients that could cause further damage to the pipes and drains. While this cheap option might seem tempting, our experienced team can assess and identify the problem, and use the correct tools to fix any issues.
Clogged drains can be avoided with regular plumbing maintenance.
Finally, if you find yourself in a plumbing emergency you should call us immediately. The biggest issue is that homeowners don’t call emergency plumbers. There’s a reason why Seaview Plumbing do 24 hour emergency plumbing in Adelaide.
Contact us today for your emergency plumbing, professional service and affordable pricing. Seaview Plumbing provide the highest standard of emergency plumbing throughout the Seaview Downs, Glenelg, Brighton, McLaren Vale, Adelaide CBD and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day.