An Emergency – Or not?

Thinking about calling an emergency plumber? Well stop and think, do you really need an emergency plumber or will a normal plumber do?

If you’re planning to have a new bathroom fitted, or want to upgrade your shower, then you really don’t need an emergency plumber.

There are many jobs which would require you to call out a plumber, if you need an outdoor tap, or your toilet is blocked or flushing slowly. None of these are emergencies, you can call out a normal plumber to handle this type of issue, but if a pipe has burst or your tap is overflowing your sink and won’t turn off, in turn flooding your home, then it really is an emergency and you’re going to need to call out an emergency plumber.
So is an Emergency Plumber really required?

Before you make the decision to contact a plumber, you need to decide whether or not it is an emergency, if you decide it is, then you first need to turn off your water supply via the stop-cock/stop-valve, this is generally somewhere near your kitchen sink, although may be elsewhere – familiarise yourself with this so that if you do have an emergency you know where it is. Turning this valve will stop the mains water from coming into your property and will prevent any additional damage being caused by the water.

Calling out an Emergency Plumber

If you’ve turned your water supply off, and turning it back on would cause further flooding or damage to your property, chances are, it’s time to call in the professionals – you’ll need them quick, and this is what companies such as Bristol Emergency Plumber services specialise in. An emergency plumber will come out to your property as soon as possible, without having to book an appointment days or even weeks in advance. As you can imagine, calling out a plumber in an emergency situation will cost you more than using a regular plumber.

When you call the plumber, it’s best to give them as much information as possible, plumbers will carry a large range of plumbing supplies in their van, but you may require something more specialist and if the plumber knows this in advance, they will be able to bring it along.

Before you let a plumber start work on your property, ask for an estimate – you will have to pay the emergency call-out charge whether you decide to give the required work the go-ahead or not, but you should always have an idea of how much the full work will cost when completed.

So, if you’ve woken up in the night to water pouring through your ceiling, or got out of bed and stepped into a puddle, switch off your mains supply and call in the specialists.

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