5 Things to Do Before The Plumber Arrives
So you have contacted your local emergency plumber – what now? While we pride ourselves on a rapid and efficient response time, the period between your initial phone call and the arrival of a professional can be crucial to cutting down the risk of extensive and long-term damage. Depending on the type of emergency you are experiencing, this may be an important time to minimise long term damage and address potential safety risks.
Below are some of the most common and important emergency plumbing preventative measures that you can take while waiting for a plumbing professional to arrive.
In last week’s article on preventative measures, we discussed the importance of knowing where your home’s water supply is. This can be vital to preventing water damage in the case of an overflowing toilet or burst pipe within the home. While a plumber will be able to fix the broken appliance or fixture, it will be vital to turn off this supply as soon as possible to prevent water damage to your home. This valve is typically located below the kitchen sink, under the toilet, or other behind your washing machine, and should look similar to an outdoor tap. Turn the tap clockwise to stop the water flow, and anti-clockwise to restart the supply. Even if you are not currently experiencing a leak, your plumber may need to access this valve when completing repairs. If you haven’t already, now is the time to get acquainted with its position.
A leak in an unfortunate area may create further damage such as a short circuit. This may occur if you see water dropping from a ceiling light, or nearby any other electrical connection. In this situation, turn the mains power off immediately – this can be found alongside the fuse box – typically under a set of stairs or downstairs cupboard.
3. Mop Up Surrounding Water – Be Mindful of Harmful Spills
After the water has been turned off, it is important to mop up any water that may have spilled during the leak. If not, this problem is going to return in the way of mould and rot beneath your floorboards or carpet. Dispose of and damaged furniture or property that is no longer usable.
When cleaning up spills, it is important to be mindful of what type of water has been spilled, especially if there is risk that this water may contain sewage or waste. Be sure to use gloves when handling rags or sponges, and clean your hands and other exposed areas thoroughly after cleaning. Make sure that any pets or young children are kept away from the site of the leak.
Remove any items that may obstruct the plumber’s way to the pipes, particularly if your home has shelving or storage located beneath a leaky sink. If your bathroom or kitchen is particularly small, it may be a good idea to relocate any free-standing objects (especially fragile ones) such as potted plants, ornaments, or small appliances into another room. Remember, your plumber is likely to bring a number of tools along and will need the space to use them.
If a gas leak has occurred in your home, or if you believe one may have occurred it is very important that you off the gas and leave the house. Do not turn any electronic appliances on or off and don’t light a match or flame of any kind. If you can smell gas in your home leave immediately and call a reliable and licensed plumber from a safe location.
With Dublin Area Plumbers, minimising damage and risk is our number one priority. If you have any questions about emergency plumber situations, give us a call at (01) 675 0941.