Hot and cold running water is something most of us take for granted. We turn on the tap and get the water we need or push the button on our dishwasher and washing machine without even thinking about it.
Naturally, when something goes wrong with our plumbing we want to get it fixed quickly. Indeed, in many homes it is imperative that we do get the problem fixed quickly. Most plumbing problems mean that the water to the whole home has to be switched off until the problem has been fixed. In most houses, a leaking pipe under the kitchen sink means no water in the bathroom, no heating, no dishwasher, no shower and no washing machine.
Most homeowners can cope with small plumbing repairs like a leaking tap, or attaching a new dishwasher or washing machine to the water supply. However, a plumbing emergency is a different matter, when the taps fall off the bath or a pipe starts to leak, we need a professional and in this situation have to hire a plumber. However, many people wait too long before doing so. They often fail to understand that with plumbing a small problem can quickly escalate into a bit one that can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes it is better to call an emergency plumber rather than wait a few days.
Leaks may seem innocuous, and it is especially tempting to leave them. However, doing so is not wise. The constant pressure the pipe is under can cause a small leak to turn into a burst pipe.
A blocked drain is also something you should consider calling an emergency plumber for. An inch of dirty water in your washing machine could turn into a flood of filthy water when your neighbours get up and take their showers. Blocked drains rarely clear themselves, so the wastewater coming from your home and others around you could end up flooding your home if a blockage is left uncleared for too long.
Generally, a change in flow is not an emergency. However, a rapid fall in the flow rate could indicate a leak in the water tank in the loft. If that happens it is important to check, if there is a leak, even a small one you need to call an emergency plumber. The pressure of the water will build up and could cause the tank to split, which could mean gallons of water falling through the ceiling.