From time to time, some Hickstead home owners will encounter a plumbing emergency, meaning they need to call out a plumber to put the problem right as quickly as possible. For example, a pipe may have burst or water could be leaking through the ceiling.
The first thing to do in any plumbing emergency is to call your Hickstead plumber as quickly as possible – don’t waste time trying to see if you can fix the problem yourself, as this could only cause more damage. However, there are certain things you can do while you’re waiting for your Hickstead plumber to arrive, which will help ensure the damage is minimised.
These include the following:
- turning off your water supply at the stopcock – this will mean no more water can flow into your home and will minimise the damage caused by any leaks or bursts
- if the problem involves an appliance like a dishwasher, turn it off if it is safe to do so –there may also be a shut off valve which turns off the water supply to that appliance
- clear the area around the leak or burst – this will reduce damage to the area around it, as well as meaning your Hickstead plumber can get to work straight away
- dry the floor around the leak – you can use towels or bathmats to do this. Again, this will help reduce the damage while also creating a clear space for your Hickstead plumber to work in.