How To Keep Costs Down in a Plumbing Emergency
Holy moley! A pipe’s burst! Your kitchen sink has essentially exploded! Your plumbing’s gone utterly haywire! What do you do? Well, for starter’s – don’t panic and read this.
If you’re worried about plumbing emergencies, it’s time to take a few steps to minimize potential damage and save on the cost of a catastrophe in your home. Whether you’re experiencing the fall out from some severely blocked drains or watching water run down the walls from a faulty shower system, these 4 tips will help you to keep costs to a minimum.
1. Know where your stop cock is
Sounds simple, could prove essential. In a plumbing emergency, the sooner you can shut off the water, the less damage will be done. For some of you, the location of your stop cock is a no brainer but, if you’re in a new home, a rented property or are DIY dyslexic, you might not be aware of it’s whereabouts.
The Housing Executive has some snappy, handy advice for locating the little blighter. However, as a rule of thumb your stopcock is generally the thing that looks like a tap handle under your kitchen sink. Run your tap then try twisting the stopcock clockwise to check you have the right “doodad”. If you’re right, the water will stop running from the tap. Then turn the stopcock anticlockwise to turn the water back on. You could also find your stopcock in your front or back hallway, or in a larder.
2. Know how to turn off the mains
Remember what your primary school science teacher always told you: “water and electricity do not mix”. A plumbing disaster can be very dangerous if water gets into your electrics, resulting in blow outs,fires, you name it. It’s vital that, as soon as plumbing trouble strikes, you turn off the electrics pronto. If you’re not sure how to do this, don’t worry, this handy Youtube video has the answer:
Aside from preventing further damage, knowing how to turn off the lekky yourself will also help you cut down on call out charges for plumbers who often charge an hourly rate. Knowing everything yourself will help reduce how long your emergency plumber needs to spend at your property.
3. Take note of the disastrous circumstances
Keep a record of everything that was going on in your house when the problem occurred. This information could help your plumber to more quickly identify the issue – and it could also help you look out for warning signs in the future.
4. Keep the problem area clean and clear
A clear path to the problem area will ensure your plumber can get in, get done and get out, saving you time on your plumbing bill and making everyone’s life a little bit easier.