One of the worst parts of owning a home is an unexpected plumbing emergency. And, as the waterworks don’t seem to keep their emergencies for office hours, you could find yourself in serious trouble if an emergency occurs in the middle of the night.
Calling out a plumber out-of-hours can cost a pretty penny. According to House Logic, the average insurance claim for a burst water pipe can cost around $5,000, which isn’t a bill you’d enjoy being stuck with.
Plumbing emergencies can be pretty costly, but most can be avoided through proper maintenance. However, if you’ve found yourself in crisis, here are a few tips to help you handle the most common plumbing emergencies.
How to handle a burst water pipe
In any plumbing emergency, the first thing you need to do is turn off the water supply. It’s always worth ensuring you know where the control tap is and regularly clean it so that if something does happen, it’s not seized up and unusable.
The second step for a burst pipe is to avoid the internet and its DIY suggestions. For something this serious, search for a ‘plumber near me‘ to find a qualified professional to come and take a look.
While they’re on their way, turn on all the cold taps in the house to try and drain as much stored water as possible. Once there’s no water flowing through, you can turn them off (otherwise, you might get flooded when the water gets turned back on).
What to do with frozen water pipes
Frozen water pipes can quickly turn into split or burst pipes. In order to prevent the issue from worsening, you’ll need to turn off the water supply and try to thaw the pipes.
You can use a heat lamp or space heater to try to warm up frozen pipes. Never use any form of open flame, as if the pipes are near a gas supply, you’ll have a whole other issue on your hands. To keep your floors dry, be sure to put down towels around the area of pipe you’re trying to thaw.
As a frozen pipe could be a sign that something else isn’t quite right, it’s worth contacting your plumber to come and check for repairs.
Clogged drains and toilets, what can I do?
This is often the easiest issue to fix and even easier to prevent. If you find yourself repeatedly experiencing clogs, however, there may be something bigger going on behind the scenes.
Give the drains and toilet a good clean to ensure no hair or grease is obstructing the water flow. If there doesn’t seem to be an issue, there may be other obstacles like tree roots causing a problem further down the pipe. If you can’t seem to locate the issue yourself, a plumber will be able to treat and dispose of the affected pipework and advise you on the right preventative methods.
As you might have noticed, plumbing emergencies require a plumber. Although you could try temporary fixes, this could end up costing you a lot more than a quick drain clean. It’s always worth seeking professional advice so you can get back to singing in the shower as soon as possible.