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What Is A Plumbing Emergency

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What Is A Plumbing Emergency

Have you considered 'What is a plumbing Emergency?' We look at common plumbing emergencies and how to spot if you need a professional plumber to help you resolve the problem.

What is a plumbing Emergency?

Common Plumbing Emergencies 

Here are some of the most common plumbing emergencies. If you do spot any signs for these emergencies, please contact a professional plumber as soon as possible. It is important to find a local company with years of experience and knowledge in the industry, who offer emergency plumbing services 24/7. 

Acting fast may prevent large insurance claims, expensive bills and structural damage to your property. However, it is possible to wait for normal hours to open with some common plumbing emergencies rather than calling out the emergency plumbers. For more information and advice, call your local plumbers today; they'll always be on hand to help. 

If you don't already know, it is always important to know how to shut off the water supply. Please note that you shouldn't try to fix anything if you aren't fully trained and qualified due to health and safety risks and could lead to further damage if the job isn't done properly. 

Signs and Symptoms of a Plumbing Emergency 

If you spot any of the above signs, please contact your local plumbers to get the best advice. They will also be able to give you maintenance tips to reduce the risk of another plumbing emergency and prolong the life of your plumbing system. 

Here are some of the main signs and symptoms you can look out for to indicate you may have a plumbing emergency:

Main signs and symptoms

Toilet bowl water getting higher when you flush the toilet

No running water

Faulty water heater

Water damage from leaking or flooding

No running water

Foul odours

Pipes are frozen

The most common plumbing emergencies include:

If you have a burst pipe that is worsening over time, then this can cause so much damage to your home. This could further result in an expensive insurance claim. Therefore, if you spot a leak around your house or workplace, please contact a professional as soon as possible. You can also try and find your stop valve and shut it off whilst you are waiting for help to arrive. 

If there is a broken float mechanism or a clog in your toilet, then it may be overflowing. If you can find the isolation valve, you will switch this while waiting for the emergency plumbing service to arrive. However, if you only have one toilet in your household, then you will need to shut your water off at the mains. 

If you have a blockage in your toilet causing the overflow and a plunger won't work, then you will need to call a plumber out. For more information, please get in touch with a professional plumber today. 

Having no hot water can be a nightmare; no baths or showers. But, not having hot water in the cold winter months can be even worse. Therefore, if you have boiler failure or water heater failure, you need to call your local 24/7 emergency plumbing services immediately. 

If you suspect frozen pipes, you must act immediately. If you can, try and find your stopcock and shut it off; if you don't, you'll have no running water and no hot water. This means you'll need an emergency plumber. 

With frozen pipes, even though no hot water is passing through, the pipes will continue to expand as there will be a huge build-up. The pipes expanding will cause the pipes to burst, which can further result in flooding. 

If a viral water outlet is broken, this may mean you can't cook or clean your home or workplace, which could be detrimental to your business. If you can't shut off your valves, you will need to completely shut down your mains supply instead and call an emergency plumber as soon as possible. 

When to Call a Plumber

You need to know when to call an emergency plumber and when you can wait for normal working hours. However, it is always best to contact a professional for some advice if you are genuinely concerned. It is important to know that you shouldn't try to fix your plumbing problems if you haven't got the necessary knowledge and experience. 

Below, you will find a list of problems that would require you to call your local plumbers as soon as possible. 

There is a Risk of Flooding

Flooding can cause structural damage, which can cause risks to your health and safety. This can be detrimental to your business and your home life, so please contact a professional if you spot any signs of flooding. It would help if you also remembered to check your basement for flooding too. 

Flood emergencies

Sump Pump

Burst Pipe

Sewer Line Back-up

Water Shut Off Valve Failure

There is a Sewer Back-Up

Sewage backup can cause so many health problems as the sewage sits there and builds up over time, which carries diseases and more. This results in not being able to use your facilities, including running water. This makes it difficult to run a business and live at home, as you won't cook, clean, have a wash or anything like that. 

You are Without Water

Not having running water can cause huge problems in your everyday life. For example, you won't have a shower, bath, cook or clean the house. This is why you need to get in touch with an emergency plumber as soon as possible if you don't have any running water. 

There is a Risk of a Burst Pipe

Frozen pipes commonly cause burst pipes. If pipes burst, it could cause flooding in your home. Frozen pipes basically mean that no water can get through, but the pipes carry on expanding, causing them to burst. If this happens, it is essential to know where your water shut off valves are located in your home.

Problems that don't require emergency plumbing services include:

With some plumbing problems, you can wait for the usual opening hours to be available to get them fixed. These include:

Any remodelling work



Minor repairs

Slow drainage

Maintenance work

What are the Dangers of Not Fixing a Plumbing Problem?

Do you have a plumbing emergency? There are many dangers to not fixing a plumbing problem, which is why it is so important to call a professional as soon as you spot any signs of a fault with your plumbing system.

Most local plumbing companies have an emergency service that operates 24/7 to be with their customers right away. However, you will need to check with your plumbing company. These services won't be expensive, but call-out charges may differ depending on the company and the distance that needs to be travelled. 

These dangers can lead to other dangers too, which is why you need to get them sorted as soon as possible. For more advice, maintenance tips, free quotes and more, please contact your local plumbers today by giving them a call or sending them an email. They are there to help their customers whenever you need them. 

Main dangers

Mould growing around your home

Structural damage to your property

Problems with your sewer system and garbage disposal

Can cause gas leaks

Leaking in your sink, toilets or shower 

Loss of job/business

Problems with central heating

Leaks can cause low water pressure; low water pressure

Loss of water

More expensive water bills

Unpleasant odours

Stress; no cooking, cleaning or washing machine

Water damage; flooding

Do you have a plumbing emergency in Uppingham, Oakham, Stamford or Rutland? Robert Cliff Ltd's involvement in the plumbing and heating service began in 1847. There have been five generations of the Cliffs running the business since then.

 We offer services to both domestic and commercial customers. Our charges are highly competitive and realistic. If you are experiencing challenges with leakages, or perhaps your drainage in your home or at work is sluggish - Please contact us.