Plumbing basics – what to do until the Emergency Plumbers get there

December 1st, 2009

When people call out emergency plumbers in London, they are usually in a panic. However, things are rarely as bad as they seem – a ceiling, for example, can absorb many pints of water before it begins to sag. The main concern is electrical safety, and this is easily dealt with by switching off any power at the fuse box.

Emergency plumbers have to prioritise their call-outs; fortunately, however, there’s a lot you can do to minimise the damage before they arrive. Leaking pipes, for example, are a common reason for calling out emergency plumbers, and a London DIY store near your home will probably have what you need to temporarily repair the damage until a plumber can begin the restoration process.

If you have a leaking pipe then it can potentially flood your home, but many leaks are less serious and can be stopped fairly easily. Leaks can occur in two ways: as a result of weak joints, or a failure in the pipe itself. If the leak happens at a joint, then tightening the joint will solve the problem and you may not even need to call out an emergency plumber. However, if the leak is in the pipe itself, that section of pipe will need replacing. This is definitely a job for the emergency plumbers as London pipes are often made of galvanised steel or even copper or lead, which is best left to experts when considering repair.

We at IQ Plumbing Services offer a 24 hour call-out service for emergencies, and aim to arrive as soon as possible after we’re called.

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