Taking Fast Action in Plumbing Emergencies

by | Sep 28, 2023 | Bathrooms

Plumbing emergencies usually strike when you least expect them. They are not only inconvenient but can cause major water damage to your home.

Whether it’s a small leak that has suddenly come through the ceiling, a burst pipe, a malfunctioning boiler system, or a backed-up sewer line, the damage can be very quick.

If this happens to you, quick action is essential to minimise the damage to your property and subsequently your wallet. The faster you respond to a plumbing emergency, the less damage will occur and the less it will cost to fix.

Don’t Delay

Water damage escalates quickly. If you have a burst pie, as an example, each second adds more water into your home. The quicker you stop the water, the less damage will occur. Time is of the essence. Water damage can escalate within minutes, spreading to floors, walls, and ceilings. The longer you wait to address the issue, the more extensive and expensive the repairs can become.

That said, you should try to keep calm too. This is important so you think about the right course of action. Usually, the first step is turning off the water at the mains.

Structural Damage

In the worst cases, a plumbing emergency can lead to structural damage to your home. Soggy drywall, weakened support beams and compromised foundations are all possible outcomes of unaddressed water damage.

If you are unlucky enough to be away when the escape of water occurs, there’s not much you can do until you discover it. However, there are certain signs such as damp patches and a drop in pressure that can be tell-tale signs there is a problem.

In this case you might be able to uncover a smaller problem before it becomes a bigger issue.

Mould and Mildew Growth

Standing water and high humidity resulting from plumbing problems create the ideal conditions for mould and mildew growth. These can lead to health problems and the need for costly mould remediation.

If you start to see signs of mould or dampness, it’s worth looking further into the problem to make sure it’s not the result of something bigger.

What to do in an Emergency

·         Shut Off the Water

Locate the main water shut-off valve and turn it off. This stops the flow of water to the affected area and prevents further damage. Regularly check your valve to make sure it’s operational – just in case you need it.

·         Call a Professional

Contact an emergency plumbing service immediately. They are best positioned with the expertise and equipment to resolve the issue quickly and effectively.

·         Protect Valuables

Move what you can away from the area of water escape.  The quicker you can get valuable items, electronics, and furniture away from the affected area the less chance of severe damage. Place towels or buckets under leaks to collect dripping water and to minimise the spread.

·         Ventilation

Opening windows and doors helps reduce humidity levels and aids in the drying process. This will help reduce the chances of mould growing where the water has escaped. As the water dries and goes into the atmosphere it needs somewhere to go to. Opening windows gives it somewhere to escape to stops it going back into your home.

Preventing Extensive Repairs

As the saying goes: ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. Addressing plumbing emergencies promptly is like catching a small crack in the dam before it turns into a flood. Sometimes the quick and inexpensive repairs can save you from the nightmare of dealing with major escape, causing a ruined floor or even structural damage caused by water exposure.

A small drip under the kitchen sink might lead to water seeping into your cabinets, damaging the wood, and creating a breeding ground for mould. Eventually, you could find yourself with the cost of repairing the plumbing but also the expense of replacing cabinets. The fix might require nothing more than a quick adjustment or a replacement part.

Reducing Mould Damage

When water escapes and remains unchecked, it can seep into hidden corners and crevices, creating the perfect environment for mould to thrive. This poses health risks and often requires costly damp-proofing.

Lower Insurance Premiums

Your insurance is designed to provide financial protection in case of unexpected events, including plumbing emergencies. However, many insurance companies reward proactive homeowners who take measures to prevent such emergencies in the first place. Many insurance policies offer discounts and incentives for those who demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding their property and responding promptly to plumbing issues.

Final Thoughts

Your home is also a valuable asset. Making repairs and preventative measures to reduce damage are important in maintaining and even increasing your home’s value. A well-maintained property is more attractive to potential buyers, making it easier to sell and potentially fetching a higher price.

It also ensures a comfortable and healthy living environment for you and your family.

Water damage is not only a matter of immediate inconvenience but also a long-term financial consideration.

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