Having a bath isn’t normally a hazardous occupation, but if one day for some reason you find it difficult to get out of the bath and you slip on something, sometimes the only thing available to grab on to is the shower.
Depending on how badly you slip over this could result in the whole shower unit coming off the wall or being damaged, which would likely send water shooting all over the place. This is the type of situation where you will need to quickly call an emergency plumber.
If you hesitate to call a plumber to the rescue because of the price, you should always remember water damage can stain carpets and weaken floors, plus if the leakage occurs in an upstairs room, it will drip down to the floor below, causing damage to the ceiling.
Leaking water is bad news for a property in many ways, so it needs to be stopped as soon as possible. While shutting off the water will stop the flow, it won’t solve the problem; after all it is difficult to make a cup of coffee, clean up after a meal, or even brush your teeth with no running water.
Regular plumbing problems versus emergencies
Most of the time, if you have a problem in your home such as a clogged sink or a leaking tap, calling a plumber will result in being given a time when the plumber will call anywhere within the next week or two.
An emergency plumber is someone who is available at very short notice to fix a big problem. In other words, emergency plumbers fix emergency problems.
Calling an emergency plumber to the rescue in the middle of the night is only the kind of thing that you should do if you have a problem with your water system that will only get worse if left, or if you have no running water. Calling a plumber at awkward times when he does not usually work for routine maintenance on a boiler is likely to result in a few choice swear words, and you will very likely be told to book an appointment at a later date.
At such short notice, plumbers will more than likely charge a surcharge which results in a considerably higher bill. With this in mind, if you have a problem that you know about, such as your heating not working as efficiently as it previously did, or a damp patch on an interior wall, it is worth getting someone out to see it before the problem becomes too large, such as a boiler blowing up or a pipe bursting.
Because of the nature of an emergency, it is often the case that a plumber will create a quick fix to solve the immediate problem, and then book in at a later date for a proper repair. While this means that you will have to be careful with the water supply, it also means that you will end up with enough water to brew a cup of tea for the plumber to show your thanks!