What to do in a plumbing emergency: Tips to minimise damage
Picture this: you’re at home, enjoying a peaceful evening when suddenly disaster strikes – a burst pipe is flooding your house and garden. Panic may set in, but the key is the keep calm and carry on!
“Do you know what to do in a plumbing emergency? Well, the key is to remain calm because there’s most definitely something that you can do to minimise the damage,” says Colette Freel from FlowFix Plumbing in Orewa.
Stay calm, take a deep breath and remind yourself that there are steps you can take to mitigate the situation.
Keep a cool head
In any emergency, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the chaos. But panicking only adds to the mayhem. There are practical things you can do to get the situation under control.
Turn off the water supply
“The first thing you need to do is turn the water off at the water meter,” advises Colette.
You can stop the flood and prevent further damage by shutting off the main water supply. So, locate the water meter, which is usually found near the property’s boundary. Shut off the main water supply by turning the valve clockwise until it’s fully closed. If you have a water tank, make sure to isolate the water coming from the tank and turn off the pump.
Drain water from the pipes
To minimise potential water damage, Colette recommends opening a hose, tap, or kitchen sink mixer to let the water drain from all the pipes in your house. This step will release the built-up pressure and reduce the risk of further leaks or bursts.
Seek professional help
Now that you’ve taken immediate action to control the situation, it’s time to call in the professionals. A licensed plumber will have the experience and expertise to handle the emergency efficiently. However, Colette advises not to rush into hiring just any plumber in the heat of the moment.
“This will allow you the time to find a plumber that’s going to be right for you,” she says.
Take a moment to research and find a reputable plumber with the necessary skills and expertise.
Find the right plumber
Taking the time to research and find the right plumber saves you time, money, and headache. Take your time to find a plumber who is experienced, reliable, and offers emergency plumbing services. Consider factors such as qualifications, guarantees and reviews. Compare prices and experience.
Tackling unexpected waterworks disasters
A plumbing emergency can be stressful. Knowing what to do in a plumbing emergency can save you from significant damage and stress. Remember to stay calm, turn off the water at the meter, drain the pipes, and promptly seek assistance from a licensed plumber. Taking these steps will not only minimize the damage but also help you find a trustworthy professional who can address the issue effectively.