We never really notice our plumbing systems or heating until a problem arises. And the problem with many minor plumbing issues is that they can go unnoticed for a while, and then we are faced with a more severe problem and a larger bill.
Do not let your plumbing problems cause you inconvenience or stress, here are 5 situations where you need to call a plumber to solve the issue quickly and efficiently.
1.There is a leak in the water supply
These cases are not so common, however, they do happen occasionally and need to be fixed as soon as possible.
A leak in the water supply can cause major flooding in the house, which will mean internal as well as structural damage if it isn’t dealt with quickly.
Call a plumber as soon as you spot a leak, either small and gradual or gushing and rapid, and here’s what to do while you wait for an emergency plumber to arrive:
- Try and find the cut off valve. This can shut off the water.
- Try and clear away as much surface water as possible.
- Wait for the plumber to arrive to sort out the leak.
2.No hot or cold water in your home
Either you have no hot water, or your water supply completely stops in a part of your home. It is very rare that the water supply will stop running to your whole house, it is usually isolated to a sink, shower or bathtub.
Before you call a plumber, you can try the following:
- Check all water outlets to see which are not working and which have running water
- Check hot and cold taps. If you have no hot water, then you will have running water, but the hot tap will not warm up.
- If no water is running then you might have a very serious problem.
If you have no water at all, the pipe that provides you and your street with water might be frozen, cut or burst.
Being without hot or cold water is a real inconvenience, so if you have no hot or cold water, it is important that you call a certified plumber, so that you can have running water back as soon as possible.
It is relatively common for a kitchen or bathroom sink to leak.
Though smaller leaks can be sorted with a little DIY, drainage systems lie beyond just the exposed drains in your cabinet.
Calling a plumber is the most efficient way to solve a drain leak properly so that you do not have similar or more serious problems in the future.
If you are based in London, call an emergency plumber as soon as possible.
4.Unpleasant smell of gas or sewage
If you can smell either gas or sewage then it is vital that you call a plumber.
Unpleasant smells of sewage can cause such an inconvenience in your home, and if drains are blocked, clogged or leaking, then you need to fix the issue as quickly as you can. Your main appliances cannot function without the wastewater pipe.
Sewer gas is harmful and carries health risks. Read more here.
If you smell gas, then this is most likely the sign of a carbon monoxide leak. This is a medical and plumbing emergency so call your nearest plumber to seek urgent help.
5. Gas leak
A gas leak is the most urgent of plumbing issues, and you should call a plumber right away.
1 in 10 people suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning in their lives.
Gas leaks will not stop on their own, and carbon monoxide is incredibly harmful to people. Learn more about the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is important that you hire a gas safety engineer to assess your house for a gas leak, and that your home complies with plumbing standards.