What Constitutes A Plumbing Emergency?

What Constitutes A Plumbing Emergency?

In these uncertain and difficult times, the last thing you want on your plate is a plumbing emergency, so if you need a reliable plumber urgently, what can you do? 

When you discover a plumbing emergency, it’s worth firstly considering if the problem really is an emergency and whether it can wait until business hours. The cost of calling out an emergency plumber can sometimes be a lot more than it would be in less urgent circumstances.

The factors which might constitute a plumbing emergency and mean you need urgent assistance can include the following:

  • Unstoppable escape of water
  • Overflowing toilet 
  • Gas leak
  • Burst or leaking pipes 
  • Loss of heating or water
  • Loss of electric
  • Boiler replacement
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Boiler breakdown for oil and gas
  • Gas safety checks for landlords

In these situations, it’s vital not to panic, or attempt to fix the problem yourself, but instead call out a qualified plumbing professional to help. In the meantime, there are a few things that you can do to help minimise certain types of damage. 

Turning off the water supply, in the event of water escaping, for example, is a simple way to stop the problem in its tracks, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think to do it in an emergency situation. 

Depending on the type of problem, you can turn off the water supply in the immediate area (most appliances have a shut off valve nearby which you can turn clockwise to stop the flow), or you can switch off the complete water mains supply by turning the valve which is located near to the main water pipe that comes into your property.

You can also look to block up any small leaks with towels or place empty buckets underneath them to help minimise the water damage that might be caused in the time until an emergency plumber arrives. 

However, it’s important not to let your plumbing emergency endanger your household and cause more damage than it needs to. If you’re unsure about what to do, remember to telephone the experts for help and advice. All of our plumbing emergency work is covered by our workmanship guarantee.


The right plumber to call

When you’ve got a plumbing emergency in Leicester, it’s vital to check that any person who you call in, to work on any gas appliances is not only fully qualified but listed on the Gas Safe register. 

This is not only a legal requirement but will help guarantee your safety and avoid costing you more in the long run. It might be easy to call in someone who has done a bit of DIY plumbing in the past – especially in a plumbing emergency – but it’s not worth the damage that cutting these kinds of corners can cause.

When choosing the right plumber, you should also expect the following:  

  • Professionalism
  • Reliability
  • Cleanliness
  • Qualifications
  • Experience
  • Polite manner
  • Ability to carry out a variety of tasks and spot potential problems
  • Accurate estimates


Get In Contact Now

Remember, in an emergency plumbing situation, it’s vital not to panic. 
Our team of qualified Gas Safe Engineers are happy to offer a free, no-obligation quote for a plumbing emergency call-out in Leicester and the surrounding areas. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help.