3 Nasty Northern Beaches emergency plumbing situations

Tai Irwin
13 May 2015

BY Tai Irwin / 0 Comments

As Northern Beaches emergency plumbing specialists it’s hard to shock us, we have seen it all when it comes to plumbing problems. Chances are your emergency problem is a common issue and we will be able to repair it quickly to get you back in action. We’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of the top three most common plumbing emergency callouts on the Northern Beaches. Some of these might sound familiar and all three can be prevented, we’ll tell you how.

Burst Pipes

The problem:
A burst or leaking pipe is one of the most common call outs for our Northern Beaches emergency plumbing service, especially when the weather gets cooler. Diagnosing a burst pipe can be tricky, unless you notice disruption to a faucet with either reduced or no water flow, it may go unnoticed. When the pipe is in the wall, under a sink or exposed, noticing a leak or a more substantial burst is far simpler. If you do identify a burst or leaking pipe, turn off your water supply at the mains until the plumber arrives.

The fix:
Fixing a burst pipe is a quick process. Simply call out one of our plumbers from Tai Irwin Plumbers and we can patch up or replace the problem pipe. You may think this could be a job for you to put your handy DIY skills to good use, we advise against this, incorrect repair methods can cause the problem to recur or make it worse.

Avoiding the problem:
Avoiding a burst pipe on the Northern Beaches can be as simple as organising a CCTV inspection with Tai Irwin. This technology can identify tree root interference, cracks, weaknesses and make sure your pipes are in good order. We can give your pipes a high pressure clean while we’re at it to get rid of any blockages or build up. Keeping track of your water bills is also an important measure when it comes to identifying concealed burst pipes. If your water usage suddenly spikes it could be a sign that there’s a leak.

Blocked Toilets

The problem:
When your toilet can’t be used, you’ve got an emergency plumbing situation. Unfortunately, most of us have had a “situation” involving a clogged or partially blocked toilet and it’s panic stations when it does happen. Tai Irwin can deal with your blocked toilet when a plunger just won’t do the trick.

The fix:
Blocked toilets are usually the result of foreign objects making their way in there when they really belong in a bin. If an item doesn’t disintegrate in water then it’s not flushable. As a rule, the only things that should go down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Follow the rule and you shouldn’t experience the dreaded blocked toilet. Make sure you keep a bin near your toilet to avoid others being tempted to throw unwanted items into the toilet bowl. It’s not just paper and objects, sometimes pipes have other factors like cracks or roots and you need the intervention of a plumber to resolve properly. Unclogging your toilet is a simple task for the plumbers at Tai Irwin, give us a call and we can sort it out.

Avoiding the problem:
If you start to notice a slow flush this could be a sign that a clog is forming. Don’t wait until the toilet won’t flush at all, take to it with a plunger to remove the clog before it gets worse. Using hot water and a natural drain cleaner once a week is also a good way to keep your toilet flowing with ease.

No hot water

The problem:
After sudding up with your favourite soap or bodywash it’s an exceedingly unpleasant experience when the water suddenly goes cold. It’s only when we don’t have the luxury of hot water that we realise just how often we use it. No hot water through the Sydney winter is an emergency plumbing situation!

The fix:
If you experience a lack of hot water, first check the power switch and ensure that the system hasn’t been turned off. You might need to investigate if your hot water tank is too small or you’re using off-peak electricity you could simply be running out of hot water. If your hot water issue is due to a malfunction it’s time to call out your plumber.

Avoiding the problem:
Often when your hot water heater fails it can be a sign that it’s time to upgrade. Keeping up with semi-regular maintenance can ensure you don’t have to endure the dreaded, freezing cold shower in the future.

 

As you can tell our Northern Beaches emergency plumbing service has dealt with common plumbing issues hundreds of times. We know that in an emergency the last thing you want to have to do is wait for a plumber to come out, while in the meantime your emergency issue is only getting worse. For that reason we offer 24 hour response for emergencies. With over 20 years of experience, chances are we have seen your problem before (more than once) and we will have a quick fix to repair the issue and alleviate your concerns.

Give us a call today and we will send one of our local, experienced Northern beaches emergency plumbing specialists out to you when you need us.