5 Things to do in a plumbing emergency

5 quick checks in a plumbing emergency.


Plumbing Emergency Basics

It’s one thing to ignore the drip, drip, drip of a leaky tap. But sometimes, you’ll find yourself dealing with a burst pipe, a clogged toilet or a dysfunctional boiler. Then what? Before we go into details of temporary fixes on some of these issues next week, here is WPJ Heating’s guide. 5 things you should know about in a plumbing emergency:


The stopcock is a valve for turning the mains water supply in your home on and off. Before attempting to carry out any temporary plumbing fixes in your home, find the stopcock. (It’s usually located on the pavement outside your house). Turn it clockwise to stop water flow.


Even after turning off the water supply, sometimes there is still water in the pipes. To get rid of it, simply open all the taps to drain all the water out of the taps to prevent further leaks or water damage to any of your stuff.


It too stops the water supply to your pipes. It will usually be under your kitchen sink, or in your loft next to your water tank.


If you discover that your pipes are leaking even after you’ve turned off the water supply, it might be a waste pipe leak. In your bathroom, turn the tap on and put the shower head into the sink hole. If the water still leaks, you can trace the source of the leak and plug it with masking tape until your plumber arrives.


If your plumbing emergency is related to your radiators or boiler, we would recommend that you don’t attempt any boiler repairs on your own. Simply switch off the boiler and call a heating engineer.

There you have it! 5 tips on things you can d during a plumbing emergency, before your plumber arrives. If you would like to speak to a plumber, or have any questions related to plumbing and heating issues in your home, give us a call on 0207 3502511.

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