urgent plumbing

It’s likely that you’ll have to endure a plumbing emergency at least once in your lifetime. No matter whether the issue is a blocked drain or a cracked pipe, it’s crucial that you know what to do in these situations to minimize damage before the professionals arrive. We’ve compiled a number of key points to help you in these situations.

Turn Off The Water Mains

In the majority of plumbing emergencies, the most important thing to do is switch off the water supply. If the issue is localized to one specific area such as a toilet or tap, you can turn off the specific valve for that fixture. Generally, this is located at the base or behind the item, and it will only cut off water supply to this area instead of your entire house.

If you’re unable to locate the valve, you may need to switch off the water supply to your entire home while you wait for the experts at Hughes Plumbing Contractors to arrive. This will stop any water from flowing in your property, preventing flooding. Usually, this valve is located near your water meter at the front of your home.

Switch Off The Hot Water System

In more severe plumbing emergency situations, we also recommend that you switch off your hot water unit. After you’ve turned off your main water valve, be sure that you turn off your water heater too. By doing so, you can prevent further damage which could occur from overheating or a burst hot water system.

If you have a gas water heater, you’ll need to switch off the gas before you turn off your hot water unit. By doing this, you can save yourself from forking out extra money on a hot water repair along with the original plumbing emergency.

Keep Small Leaks Contained

If your plumbing emergency involves leaks, you should do your best to keep them at bay. Use a bucket and place it below the affected area in order to catch any water. By doing this, you can prevent damage to your home while waiting for your emergency plumber to arrive.

You can also try using duct tape or plumbers’ tape on small leaks – applying pressure on the affected area may be enough to contain a leak for short periods of time. If this doesn’t work, you may need to look around for more sophisticated equipment like a sleeve clamp or a C-clamp. However, many homeowners don’t have this equipment. If this is the case, you’ll need to call an emergency plumber and do your best to contain the leaks using buckets in the meantime.

Contact Brisbane’s Best Emergency Plumbers Today

Hughes Plumbing Contractors are a Brisbane-based team of plumbing experts servicing the entire SEQ region. Our skilled plumbers, drainers and gas fitters are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist with any plumbing emergencies you may be experiencing in your home or business. We are fully licensed and registered with the QBCC, so you know you can trust us to fix your problems. Get in touch with our One Call We Do It All Team today by calling 0406 288 142 or send an email to info@hughespc.com.au.