Comprehensive guide to common plumbing emergencies in the UK
Plumbing emergencies can cause significant inconvenience and damage to properties. Being aware of these common issues and knowing how to respond can minimize damage and hasten repairs before calling an emergency plumber.
- Burst Pipes
- Freezing temperatures
- Wear and tear
- High water pressure
- Turn off the main water supply immediately to prevent flooding.
- Drain the remaining cold water by turning on all cold taps.
- Avoid using electrical appliances if water has leaked near them.
- Call an emergency plumber for repairs.
- Blocked Drains and Toilets
- Accumulation of foreign objects or waste
- Tree roots in outdoor pipes
- Broken or collapsed pipes
- Attempt to unblock with a plunger or a plumber's snake.
- Do not use chemical drain cleaners excessively as they can damage pipes.
- If the blockage persists, contact a professional plumber.
- Worn out washers or O-rings
- Incorrect tap installation
- Turn off the water supply to the leaking fixture.
- Dismantle the tap and replace the washer or O-ring if confident in doing so.
- If unsure, call a plumber to fix the leak.
- No Hot Water
- Faulty water heaters
- Tripped circuit breaker
- Sediment build-up in the tank
- Check the power supply and circuit breaker.
- Do not attempt to repair gas water heaters on your own.
- Call a qualified technician for repairs or replacement.
- Overflowing Toilets
- Blockage in the toilet or drain
- Faulty float mechanism
- Sewer line issues
- Stop water flow by turning off the valve behind the toilet.
- Use a plunger to try and dislodge the blockage.
- If unsuccessful, seek professional plumbing assistance.
- Extremely cold temperatures
- Inadequate insulation
- Turn off the water supply.
- Gently warm the pipe with a hair dryer or towels soaked in hot water.
- Do not use open flames.
- Call a plumber if pipes are already burst or if you can't locate or access the frozen section.
- Clogged sewer lines
- Tree roots
- Damaged sewer lines
- Stop using all water in the house.
- Call a professional plumber or sewer line service.
- In case of health hazards, vacate the affected area.
Regular maintenance and prompt attention to minor issues can prevent many plumbing emergencies. It’s advisable to have a basic toolkit and some knowledge of your home’s plumbing system. In case of major problems, always rely on professional help.
- Emergency Plumber: Look for local 24-hour services.
- Water Company: In case of major leaks affecting public water systems.
Remember, your safety is paramount. In case of major plumbing emergencies, prioritize safety over property.