A plumbing emergency can strike at any time day or night, and when it does you need to know how to quickly find a reliable plumber well equipped to deal with emergency call-outs. Escape of water is one of the most common home insurance claims, so it’s likely that we’ll all have to find an emergency plumber at some point in our lives, be prepared and you won’t need to panic.
There will be times when you need a plumber, but not for an emergency. Use these occasions as an opportunity for research, allowing you to find a trustworthy, local plumber who provides an emergency call-out service. This way you’ll have already established contact with the plumber and you know that you can count on them to fix your problem, easing what can be a stressful situation.
If you haven’t identified a plumber before the emergency breaks out there are certain criteria you should ensure the emergency plumber meets:
- Immediate response – This should go without saying. When your pipes are spraying water, you need to know for sure that your plumber will be there as soon as possible.
- Affordability – Cost can seem like the last of your worries in an emergency, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for a plumber to overcharge you.
- Safety – If any of the work involves gas, then your plumber must be registered as gas safe by law. If they are not then the work they carry out may be unsafe, and could cost you even more in the long run.
- High-standard work – You need to be confident that the work the plumber carries out will fix the problem completely.
At Emergency Plumber 24/7 we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for all of the above criteria. We provide 24 hour support, an average response time of 30 minutes and a guaranteed response time of 90 minutes. For an emergency plumber Manchester or anywhere in the North West, Emergency Plumber 24/7 are on hand.
With your emergency plumber sorted there are some steps you can take to limit damage before they arrive.
If you’re sprung a leak somewhere you’ll need to isolate the problem to minimise the damage cause.
- For major leaks you’ll need to turn the main water supply off using the stopcock. For this reason it’s important you know where that stop tap is located, they will usually be found under the kitchen sink but are occasionally located elsewhere downstairs.
- For smaller leaks, you can minimise potential damage by using local isolation valves, usually located next to the leaking appliance or tap.
It may seem ridiculous now, but having at least one large bucket in your house could be a godsend if you are ever unlucky enough to experience a leaking pipe. You don’t want to be juggling pots and pans in a desperate effort to save your furniture.
Beyond these steps, it’s generally advisable not to do much more. Attempting to patch pipework or unblock pipes can sometimes make the problem worse. Call your emergency plumber in Manchester and do your best not to panic!