Plumbing problems are an unpredictable fact of life that all homeowners need to be aware of. In particular, it is essential to know how to cope when there is a plumbing emergency, whether it’s a flood caused by a burst pipe, a blocked drain that is smelly and very unpleasant, or a leaking hot water cylinder.
At Precision Electrical and Plumbing, where we offer a 24hr plumber Melbourne solution, plumbing emergencies are generally caused by failures in the plumbing system. This might be due to a lack of maintenance, or it might be due to a fault of some sort. Homeowners can usually take some sort of action to overcome the emergency, but they will need to call in a professional plumber who can identify the cause of the emergency and recommend a solution, he warns.
Prevention is, of course, better than cure, so this should be the first step to prevent these four very common plumbing emergencies from happening in your home:
- Water pipes that burst and flood the inside of the home
- Joints of water pipes that leak and are the source of water damage in the home
- Drains that get blocked, smell, and prevent toilets from being effectively flushed – often causing them to overflow
- Blockages and damage to pipes supplying water that stop water being delivered to taps and appliances inside the home
How To Stop Water Pipes From Bursting
A common reason for water pipes bursting is a weak joint. If the water system doesn’t hold up, the joint will fail and at worst burst – at best, it will slowly start leaking. And the most common causes of burst pipes is high water pressure in the pipes and damage to pipes. Even drilling into a wall to fix a hanging unit to a wall might inadvertently damage pipe work.
The other factor to be aware of is that pipe work does deteriorate over time. This means that you should be sure to check it – or have it checked – regularly. This is particularly important if you are living in an older house. Fix minor leaks as soon as you become aware of them to prevent them from causing emergencies later on that will require a 24 hr plumber Melbourne. If you are going to drill into a wall, make sure you know exactly where the pipe work is so that you don’t damage it.
If a pipe does burst, the first thing to do is switch off the water supply. Then call Precision Electrical and Plumbing.
Leaking Pipe Joints
While certainly not as serious as a flood due to a burst pipe, even a minor leak can quickly become a major leak and cause substantial damage. If pipes are concealed, either in walls or under floors, or even in the ceiling, you may not even notice leaks until the moisture starts to seep through.
If you spot damp areas anywhere in the house, investigate the cause immediately and do something about it before you have a flood on your hands.
Soil pipes and drains do get blocked, often because of foreign objects that fall into the drain, and sometimes because the roots of trees grow into the drain, blocking it. Sometimes waste and grease builds up gradually in traps or in the bends of pipes, also causing blockages.
Frequently the first sign of a blocked drain will be nasty odours, but water rising in the toilet bowl when you flush is another sure sign of a blockage. If it’s bad, you won’t be able to use the toilet until it has been cleared.
You might be able to clear a blockage by using a plunger. Alternatively try a proprietary chemical drain cleaner that you pour down the drain and then flush with water. If these don’t work, you’ll have to call in a plumber who will use special tools to clear the drain. So keep the contact details for Precision Electrical and Plumbing close at hand, because you will need a 24 hr plumber Melbourne, if this is where you live.
Damaged Or Blocked Water Supply Pipes
Generally pipes that supply water to homes are laid underground. Then they are channeled either under the house or through slabs and into walls, whether these are dry walls or built with bricks and mortar. From here they are linked to the taps and other pipe work that we use inside the house.
The dead giveaway that water supply pipes are blocked or damaged is when no water flows through a tap or into an appliance.
If the pipes are damaged, chances are you will have a flood in the garden. If tree roots are the cause, you might be forced to have some of the pipe work removed and replaced. Either way, turn off the water at the mains, and call a reputable registered plumber.