Ask any veteran homeowner about essential services and they will wholeheartedly agree that the plumber is the most important of all the tradespeople you might need to call upon, and when you consider the intricate nature of both water and waste piping, it isn’t at all surprising to find the plumber at the top of the most wanted list. Of course, there are those who can plumb in a washing machine, or fix an annoying tap leak, but when faced with a burst water pipe in the upstairs bathroom, only a qualified plumber will do. If you have recently stepped onto the property ladder and find home maintenance a bit confusing, here are just a few of the reasons why you would need to call out an emergency plumber.
1. Blocked Drains – If you are ever unfortunate enough to encounter a blocked drain, it is not something to leave until the weekend, and when you consider the amount of waste a family home would generate, it is easy to see why time is of the essence. Should it happen to be a toilet blockage, make the room unavailable, for obvious reasons, at least until the plumber has done his stuff. There are plumbers in Melbourne, for example, who drive mobile workshops and are on call 24/7, and if you are wise, you would source such a service before the event, and store the number in your mobile device, and one day, you will be very glad you did!
2. Burst Water Pipe – The water that we all use is under a lot of pressure – it has to be to reach us – and any leak or rupture will instantly cause water to escape. If the pipe itself has ruptured, the breach will likely be considerable, which means your first goal is to turn off the water at the mains. In the unlikely event you do not know where the water meter is located, this should be on your “things to do today” list. Regardless of where the ruptured pipe is, lots of water is going to cause damage, and if you are unlucky enough to be out at the time, be prepared for a rather large renovation bill, especially if it is upstairs. Once you have turned off the water supply, speed dial the emergency plumber’s number (the one you had the foresight to store after reading this article) and he should be there within minutes.
3. Undetected Water Leak – It is a common occurrence for old water piping to succumb to either erosion, corrosion, or possibly animal interference, and if the leak is bad, it will soon become noticeable if it is in the garden or driveway. In former times, sourcing such a leak would involve a team of strong men who would dig a trench to reveal the entire length of piping, yet today, the plumber uses state-of-the-art leak detection devices, which save a lot of time and money. Another thing to remember about an outside water leak is the amount of water that will be added to the already high monthly usage, and leaving it is simply not an option. It might be that your first hint of a problem is the unusually high water bill, and if that is the case, you should closely inspect the perimeters of your property, looking for unusually green patches of lawn and any surface water that might reveal the leak location. If you can’t find anything, call the emergency plumber and he will soon identify the leak source.
The plumber is also very useful in non-emergency situations and if you are new to the property ownership game, it would be prudent to source a plumber before you need one. An online search will bring up a list of approved contractors, and by choosing one that offers a round the clock service, your home is covered for all of the above and a lot more!