Whether you’ve found a burst pipe in your kitchen or a blocked drain in your bathroom, plumbing emergencies in the home are never much fun. It’s important to act fast and get in touch with a qualified plumber straight away. But what can you do to aid the situation while you wait for help to arrive?
At Royal Flush Drainage, we’re on hand 24/7 to help with your plumbing and draining emergencies. And with that said, here are our top tips for what to do while you wait for your emergency plumber to arrive!
Turn off the water supply
The first thing you should do in any plumbing or drainage emergency is head straight to your water supply and turn off the water at the main shut off valve. Doing so will reduce the amount of water flowing through your pipes and prevent further damage from occurring. This can be tricky to locate at times, so if you find this is the case you should instead turn your water off at the valve nearest to the problem.
Don’t attempt a DIY fix
It’s important to remember that drain repairs and plumbing emergencies are not DIY jobs and attempting to repair these issues without the correct expertise and equipment can cause further damage. When disaster strikes, it’s best to call in the professionals. That’s why at Royal Flush Drainage we’re on hand 24/7 across the South East of England to meet the emergency head on!
Remove standing water
A blocked drain, particularly in the bathroom, catches any of us off guard. So, if you find that excess standing water has spilled out into your home, you should try to safely clear it away from the scene.
Leaving water to sit while you wait for your emergency drain un-blocker to arrive can ruin floors and cause mould. To prevent these knock-on effects of your plumbing emergency, grab a mop and some old towels, and try to soak up as much water as possible.
Move furniture and electricals to a dry area
Excess water can cause damage to anything it touches, particularly when this water becomes dirty and discoloured in a blocked drain. Therefore, it’s a good idea to remove any furniture or electrical items from the area of damage to ensure their safety.
In addition, if you believe your fuse box may have been damaged by a major water leak, it may be best to turn your electricity off completely. Check your fuse box for signs of water damage, and perhaps consider getting an electrician involved if the damage is severe.
Take notes and pictures
If you’ve managed to get the situation temporarily under control, you may find you have a calmer minute to take pictures and notes of any major damages. Not only will these images be helpful if you plan on claiming home insurance, but they may also assist your emergency plumber when they arrive at the scene.
Plumbing emergency? Call Royal Flush Drainage
Plumbing and drainage emergencies are always a nuisance, however at Royal Flush Drainage, our dedicated team of expert engineers are here to save the day! Our team prides itself on the finest service and reputation – and don’t just take our word for it! Check out our customer testimonials and reviews.
We also offer gutter cleaning, repair, and maintenance services to keep all the pipes in your home working as they should.
If you’ve found yourself in a plumbing crisis in Hertfordshire, North London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Berkshire or Surrey, contact Royal Flush Drainage today.