When Should You Call An Emergency Plumber?
If you require the services of an emergency plumber, you’ll know immediately since it’ll often be a fairly big problem. Either a leak has occurred and you’re getting water where you shouldn’t or another issue has occurred. We’ve put together a few tips on what to do depending on the problem you’re facing. Water leaks and blockages can cause serious damage to your home, personal belongings as well as damage to internal pipework. These are all costly and inconvenient things to repair and will result in an unpleasant home to live in. At M Plumbing we have Emergency Plumbers in Manchester, Wigan, Wilmslow, Bolton and the surrounding areas who are available 24/7, 365 days a year for any emergency, repair or plumbing service you need.
Frozen Pipes – Should I Call An Emergency Plumber?
Frozen pipes in the freezing weather can cause you a lot of problems. Not only will you have no running water but if it isn’t resolved quickly it can cause your pipes to crack or burst. This can cause huge amounts of flooding/leaks if it’s not caught early. If you think your water pipes are freezing then you should act quickly as if they become fully frozen it is more likely to burst and leak when it starts to unfreeze and the water starts running again. It’s always advisable to turn off your water and electric supply at the mains if this happens.
A frozen pipe won’t always crack but it does need to thaw out to reduce the likelihood of it happening. If you planning to be away during really cold weather, it’s a good idea to keep your heating on. This will help to prevent your pipes from freezing. Burst pipes can cause a huge amount of mess & damage to your home, costing huge amounts to repair depending on how long the damage is left. Good emergency plumbers will have the experience of defrosting any pipes affected slowly and they can also insulate them to prevent further freezing.
If a water pipe has burst then shut off your water & electricity at the mains immediately. Call an emergency plumber as soon as possible, as you don’t want the issue to worsen. Start clearing the flooded area as quickly as you can to minimise the damage. Water can cause a huge amount of damage to your floors, cupboards, walls and belongings if left to sit. The longer water is left, the worse it will get so the quicker you clear it up, the better. Whilst you wait for your plumber to arrive, lay down dry towels where the water has leaked, replacing them as they get wet as the leak may still continue.
Emergency plumbers will quickly establish where the leak is and be able to repair it to prevent further damage. There may be times when your pipes crack and only release a small amount of water. Although this sounds like a non-issue, if you’re not aware of it happening it can cause long-term damage underneath your flooring, behind cupboards and walls resulting in stains, smells and warping.
How can you identify a slow water leak?
- Watermarks appearing on your flooring, walls, cupboards or skirting boards
- Standing water or puddles in cupboards, your kitchen, bathroom or other areas of your home
- Drips of water in cupboards in your bathroom or kitchen.
- Water discolouration
- Strange odours coming from cupboards or different areas in your home including airing cupboards
- Loss of water pressure from taps or showers
If you notice any of these things then it’s advisable that you call an emergency plumber. Water pipes run behind walls and cupboards alongside electrical wiring. If you’ve spotted a leak, it’s a good idea to turn off your water supply. You don’t want the leak to worsen the damage as you wait for your plumber. Small water leaks are often difficult to find so you will nearly always need a plumber in this situation who will have the experience and tools to locate the leak quickly.
If your sink isn’t draining or the water is bubbling as it goes down then your drains are blocked. If this happens you can try using shop products but this won’t always solve the problem. Over time, blockages can slowly build up to the point where no amount of drain cleaner can help it. A lot of blocked drains start with a small blockage and will continue to get worse as time goes on and the off the shelf unblockers won’t always do the job thoroughly enough and you can end up with an overflow later down the line that can cause a lot of damage.
If you think you have a blocked drain then we would advise that you call out a plumber. Blocked drains are difficult to sort if you don’t have the experience. A plumber has the experience and tools to quickly locate the blockage and remove it permanently.
Blocked toilets are fairly easy to notice. You’ll know if you have a blocked toilet if the toilet waste isn’t going down or the water is rising every time you flush. If this is the case, you can use a plunger to try and dislodge the blockage. If this doesn’t work then call an emergency plumber who will come out quickly and know what and how to sort the problem as the blockage could be in the pipework in the toilet or further down into the waste pipe.
There are many reasons you might need an emergency plumber and in any of these situations, you should call one quickly before it becomes more of an issue. M Plumbing has Emergency Plumbers in Manchester, Wigan, Wilmslow, Bolton and the surrounding areas who are available 24/7, 365 days a year for any emergency, repair or plumbing service you need. We can help you at a moments notice regardless of the issue you’re facing. From blocked pipes to leaks & floods, we can do it all. Contact us today on 0161 660 7522 if you have an emergency or if you would like a quote for any non-urgent plumbing work or repairs. M Plumbing is proud to be a local company providing a professional service in Manchester.