When Should I Call an Emergency Plumber?

Aug 12, 2022 | Boiler, Common Plumbing Issues, Domestic Gas Work, Heating, Plumber, Plumbing, Water Leaks

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When Should I Call an Emergency Plumber. Atapos Heating Local plumber

There is nothing worse than discovering a plumbing or heating problem that needs to be fixed right away. This problem gets even worse in the middle of the night.

Luckily, the vast majority of respectable local plumbers will have a 24-hour emergency plumber call-out service that you can contact at any time with any plumbing or heating problem.

However, calling an emergency plumber is more expensive, so you must be wise when deciding whether to call one to avoid paying unnecessary additional fees. 

Find out when to call an emergency plumber to determine if your plumbing or heating problem is really an emergency or can wait until the next day.

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Damaged or Burst Pipes

Most water emergencies in the house are caused by damaged or burst pipes, which require immediate action.

A burst pipe can cause numerous problems in your home’s plumbing and heating system, and it can break for a variety of reasons, especially during the winter months. For instance, the pipes can freeze, causing subsequent damage.

Signs of burst pipes include no water coming out of your faucets or water leaking around where your pipes are located. If you don’t immediately call an emergency plumber, it could result in flooding and a severe blow to your bank account.

Before calling an emergency plumber, the best you can do is turn off the main water supply. Then, try to save any furniture, electrical devices, and other valuables to avoid further water damage. 

Don’t try to fix the burst pipe on your own because doing so will only waste your time and money because the damage may get worse, and eventually you’ll have to pay more for the repair.

Overflowing Toilet

Imagine walking into your bathroom and discovering that your toilet has been overflowing since the last time you flushed it. 

This can occur due to a broken float mechanism, a clog, or, worse, both. If left unchecked, it can lead to the growth of bacteria and germs in your home, which can cause diseases or respiratory problems.

However, you might want to try the plunger first. But if you can’t fix the problem on your own and don’t have another toilet, you’ll need to call an emergency plumber to clear the clog.

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Water Heater Failure

In the first case, you’ll only have to put up with a cold shower while you wait for your local plumbing company to open. In the latter case, a lack of hot water may be a plumbing emergency, especially in homes with vulnerable people or toddlers- and it becomes even more urgent and tedious during winter. 

Many reasons can cause hot water to run out, like a water leak, low water pressure, or a broken heating element.

What do you do when there is no hot water in your home?

Firstly, check if your water heater is receiving power, or if you have a combi boiler, whether it is working.

If the lack of hot water is accompanied by a gas smell, it can be a severe problem. You will undoubtedly require emergency water heater repair in this situation.

Atapos Heating, your local plumber, is on hand to come and take a look and get your boiler system back up and running.  

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Gas Leaks

This is one of the most dangerous issues requiring an emergency plumber’s services. If you suspect a gas leak from any source, turn off any gas-powered appliances in your home, investigate the source of the leak, and contact a gas safe registered heating engineer, making sure they can provide gas leak detection services.

Hissing or whistling sounds may also indicate a gas leak, particularly if they are heard near a gas line. Because natural gas buildup is extremely flammable, it is best to proceed with caution.

Gas leaks can also cause some physical symptoms, such as:

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Malaise
  • Eyes Irritation
  • Skin Irritation

These are relatively mild symptoms. Continuous exposure to gas will result in severe health complications or death. However, the most vulnerable are your pets, children, and even your plants.

Immediately contact an emergency plumber if you detect a gas leak. The money you will save by waiting is not worth the risk to your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Backed Up Sewage

A sewer backup constitutes an emergency because, like a gas leak, it poses a serious health risk. A clog in the sewer line may be caused by invasive tree roots, a broken pipe, or some sort of obstruction. A sewage backup not only has an unpleasant odour, but it can also be dangerous because it releases airborne contaminants, which can cause symptoms such as vomiting, fever, and gastroenteritis. 

A broken or clogged sewer line frequently manifests itself in your yard as slowly accumulating pools of murky, smelly water or mushy soil. Or strange incidents occur indoors, such as toilets filling when you run the sink or bathtubs filling with sewage. It is always possible to dig up the sewer line, locate the damaged or clogged sewer pipe, and then repair or replace it. However, this type of DIY repair can require at least several days of hard work.

The sewer line is the only line that transports all wastewater from your home’s toilets, sinks, showers, tubs, dishwashers, and washing machines. Your home cannot function without this line; all activities are stopped until this is repaired.

This is why it’s critical to hire a professional plumbing company for this repair. A sewer line video inspection can be performed by the company through the sewer line clean-out entry point. An emergency plumber will resolve this problem by augering out the sewer line with a motorised drain snake. If a line becomes permanently blocked or broken, it must be dug up and replaced.

Loss of Water

If you suddenly lose access to running water, you should call an emergency plumber to diagnose and repair the problem as soon as possible.

While it is not as dangerous as the other issues on this list, it is still extremely inconvenient.

You can’t do things like wash dishes, flush the toilet, take a shower, cook meals, take care of your plants, and so on.

You are unable to even wash your hands.

Because this is a hygiene issue, you should call an emergency plumber. After all, this isn’t something you can fix on your own. First, talk to your neighbours to make sure this isn’t a supply problem. If it is, you may need to call your water company.

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Some flooding incidents on your property are more serious than others. If you find water on your floors, take it as a warning and call an emergency plumber right away to avoid the need for costly home repairs, as it can damage your flooring, furniture, utilities, electrical system, and sabotage your home’s foundation, to name a few. Other problems may also arise as a result of water damage. For instance, mould growth.

Because mould can pose a serious health risk, this could end up being a significant problem in and of itself. Flooding can result from a burst pipe, a broken sump pump, or a water valve that won’t shut off. Your local emergency plumber will quickly identify a problem, assess the situation, and propose a solution.

Call the emergency plumber right away if you have any concerns about the health and safety of yourself, your family, or your property

If you’re unsure, you may always contact your emergency plumber and ask for guidance. Make sure it’s urgent to avoid paying extra call-out fees if it’s not.

The price for emergency plumbing service at Atapos Heating is negotiated beforehand, which means the total price, including materials, is given for the entire job, so our clients know in advance how much the plumbing job will cost.

If you are looking for an emergency plumber, call Atapos Heating at 07583 894 714

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