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What Is Considered
A Plumbing Emergency

A Plumbing Emergency Can Differ in Priority

A plumbing emergency can differ in priority. Some plumbing emergencies are a high priority and need taken care of immediately. As a result you will need to call a plumber right away. These plumbing emergencies can include a burst pipe or a gas leak. Other plumbing emergencies are not so urgent and are considered low priority. But if left unattended can cause further damage over the long run. This could be a small leak or a partially clogged drain.

If you are located in Belfast you will need your plumbing emergency taken care of just as much as anyone located elsewhere.

Call The Belfast Plumber in the event of a Plumbing Emergency.

The Most Common Plumbing Emergencies & What To Do About Them:

Burst Pipe

A burst pipe can occur for a number of reasons. Households that are not well insulated are at more risk from burst pipes due to frost in the winter time. Other reasons for a burst pipe include structural damage, floor boards weighting on pipes, hammering a nail into the wall and striking a pipe, poorly installed pipe connections. And the list goes on.

But what should you do about a burst pipe? Firstly we recommend turning off the water supply right away. This can be done at the main stop valve normally located below the kitchen sink.

Then we recommend turning on the water taps to quickly drain the water out of the system and prevent further water leaking out of the hole.

Next you need to try to catch any dripping water in a container and cleaning up any excess water. This will prevent any further water damage.

Gas Leak

Gas leaks are extremely serious and can cause an explosion and gas poisoning. If you smell gas at home or in your building it is important to act fast as this can save lives.
Gas Plumbing Emergency

Smell Gas?

Call the 24-hour Northern Ireland Gas Emergency Service on 0800 002 001

Steps To Deal With A Gas Emergency:

  • Open all windows and doors to ventilate the area.
  • Switch off the main gas valve going into your property. This is likely located at the gas meter. We highly recommend that everyone identify where the gas valve is located when moving into a new home or business.
  • Avoid switching on or off any electrical switches. Doing so may ignite gas odors.
  • Do not smoke or light matches as a naked flame can ignite gas.
  • Evacuate the property immediately and notify neighbors if need be.
  • Call the emergency gas number to notify authorities and call the Belfast Plumber.
  • We recommend that you have all your gas appliances regularly checked and serviced. You should also install a Carbon Monoxide detector. Both these actions will help minimize risk from a gas emergency.
  • No Hot Water or Central Heating

    Sometimes this problem may have a simple solution. Such as checking and correcting the settings on the thermostat. But often it can be an indication of a more serious problem. That is why if you are having issues with there being no hot water or central heating you should treat it as an emergency.

    Firstly check that the thermostat is set correctly. Often the timer may be switched off as silly as it sounds.

    Another issue may be the diverter valve. Sometimes it can get stuck and become faulty. This causes issues with your hot water and central heating. If that’s the case time to call the plumber.

    Pressure issues may be another issue. Most boilers come with instructions on how to operate the pressure valve and repressurise the boiler. Another common issue may be that there is air in the pipes or radiators. This can be fixed by using a radiator valve key to slightly open a radiator valve and release the air. Once the air has been removed from the radiator it should be back to working condition.

    If you have tried these tips, and still are having problems give us a call right away for your plumbing emergency.

    Blocked Drains

    Blocked drains don’t always happen overnight. They tend to be a gradual process. That is why once you see the early signs of a blocked drain, we recommend taking action to avoid any major problems later on. A blocked drain or toilet can cause water to back up damaging your property. It can get worse if left unattended.

    There are a number of ways to avoid a blocked drain. Firstly it makes sense to avoid flushing large debris or oil down the drain. Regularly cleaning of your sinks, toilets and showers are also a help. We also recommend using a strainer that will catch large debris, hairs and first. This avoids blockages from happening in the first place.

    Blocked Drain In Shower

    But how do you unblock a drain? The home DIY way is to pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by twice as much boiler water or vinegar. Leave for 20 minutes and then flush this down. The chemical reaction should break up the blocking debris.

    Alternatively you can use a chemical unblocker which you can buy online or from your local supermarket. Next would be to try a plunger or a zip like drain cleaning device which you can buy online.

    Regardless of your plumbing emergency, The Belfast Plumber has seen them all.

    That is why if you are search ‘Emergency Plumber Belfast’ you should not hesitate to give us a call. We can give you advice over the phone on what to immediately do.

    From there we can arrange for one of our plumbers to pay you a visit ASAP.

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    Learn More

    Northern Ireland Government Advice On Gas Emergencies.

    Is Home Emergency Cover worth it?

    Advice from SSE.