There’s nothing worse than being unexpectedly greeted with a plumbing emergency. From broken pipes to overflowing toilets, plumbing emergencies don’t take long before they become disastrous. Typical plumbing emergencies can leave people feeling panicked, but knowing what to do in such situations is key. In this month’s blog post, our Wellington Plumbers at Plumbspec are sharing a few insightful tips to give you control.

Turn off the water now! 

If you’ve returned home to find a few inches of water on the floor, turn off your water supply now. Although your first instinct may be to call your local Wellington plumber, we suggest that you turn off your closest water source as quickly as you can. You can do this by turning the handle on your toby clockwise. Most tobies are found outside your property’s boundary and are located under a blue or black plastic lid labeled ‘WATER’. Turning off the water is a vital step in a plumbing emergency. This will ensure that no water is collected in electrical appliances and will stop any further flooding. The next step is to call your Wellington Plumbers at Plumbspec.

Call the experts 

Although DIY is in our kiwi DNA, we recommend that you first get in touch with a plumber. Calling our Plumbspec experts right away will mean that you are provided with some initial help to solve the problem at hand. Our plumbers will also be able to assess the seriousness of your emergency. This is vital especially if you have other people present in your home. Be smart, and call right away. It will save you money, time and in extreme cases can even save your life.

Invest in an emergency plumbing kit

Not all emergencies are deemed as serious. Most Wellington plumbing emergencies relate to small leaks. Small leaks are usually quite easy to identify and stop. Our Wellington Plumbers have developed the ultimate DIY plumbing kit to help you attack minor plumbing emergencies yourself. Filled with essential tools and instructions, you will feel more at ease when you are faced with plumbing emergencies. However, it is best practice to always consult a plumber first, before attempting any plumbing repairs. 

Be proactive and smart about your emergency. Your actions in the thick of the emergency will determine your outcome. The rule of thumb is: when in doubt consult a professional plumber as soon as possible.