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February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

If you need an emergency plumber then no doubt things are probably looking a bit dire around your home right now. Plumbing is a highly essential service and it's not something that we can really do without. It is highly important to make sure that we have working plumbing and that we deal with any issues that may arise quickly and efficiently. Otherwise we can find ourselves damaging our property with excess amounts of water, wasting our bills as we waste heating and water, and being unable to do many of the things we take for granted such as washing or going to the toilet.

For this reason it is highly important to make sure you are prepared in a plumbing emergency. The first thing to do then is to make sure that you already have the number of a plumber in your phone book that you can find immediately. The sooner the emergency plumber gets there, the less damage you'll do and the less water you'll waste. Meanwhile you will be more likely to be successful in having your plumbing repaired. Don't make yourself rummage around to try and find the number of a plumber at the last minute - keep it somewhere where you can retrieve it easily when necessary.

Meanwhile you also need to make sure that you know how to act in the emergency. First and foremost this means getting the situation under control and there are many ways you can do this. For instance you might want to place a bucket or bowl under the source of the leak in order to prevent more damage from occurring. Similarly you might be able to use a sponge or cloth to slow the flow and to soak up as much spilled water as possible.

Better yet is to cut off the water supply and this is something you can do while you wait for an emergency plumber in case of leak. To do this you need to find what is variably known as a 'stop cock' or 'stop tap'. If you can find this then you can turn it in order to isolate your water supply and prevent it from getting to the damaged pipe/leaking tap. This way you will save yourself from losing any water, but of course you won't be able to use the water in that part of the house either.

A plumber might recommend that you shut off the water supply when you speak to them on the phone. This is another tip then - ask them if there is anything you can do and for any suggestions before they arrive. You may also want to get a quote to see how much the job is going to cost roughly.

In some cases if the problem is more mild then you might want to have a go at fixing it yourself first. Something like a leaky tap for instance can often be repaired simply by replacing the washers. These are the small rings that fit underneath the handle and which allow you to tighten the tap as much as necessary.

When I was searching for a Melbourne plumber as part of my house renovations, I found it easier to find a local plumber rather than just one in my city. So instead I called this one from my suburb who is a plumber Croydon.

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