Nobody wants to be stuck in an emergency – especially if it involves your plumbing.
That’s why H2-Pro is so proud of our emergency service. Our emergency plumber in Eltham is on call 24/7, ready to help you out whenever you run into a plumbing emergency.
Over the years however, we’ve noticed a lot of homeowners tend to delay calling an emergency plumber.
Maybe they want to try their hand at DIY first, or more commonly, they simply don’t recognise that their problem counts as an emergency.
That’s why today we’ll be looking at plumbing emergencies big and small, and how our Eltham plumbers can help!
When you should you call an emergency plumber in Eltham?
Running water is a pretty big part of modern homes and businesses. We use it for all sorts of everyday things like washing, cooking and cleaning.
Needless to say, many plumbing issues can hobble your ability to do ordinary tasks and carry out your daily routine!
While there are some temporary fixes you can use while waiting for an emergency plumber to turn up, you’ll need professional help if you want a permanent fix.
Burst pipes, busted water heaters, gas leaks… each of these problems can be seriously disruptive.
However, not all plumbing emergencies are so severe – if you ask us, anything that leaves you with without running water counts as an emergency.
Over the years, our emergency plumbers have dealt with all manner of unexpected plumbing problems. Here are just some of the emergencies our team of 24-hour Eltham plumbers have fixed…
Don’t delay: as soon as you detect a burst pipe in your home, you need an emergency plumber.
Burst pipes are usually the result of intense pressure build up in your pipes. Over time, the pressure builds and builds, to the point where either:
- A pipe fitting gives way
- The pipe itself develops a crack or fracture
Uninsulated external pipes in particular are especially at risk, as they’re susceptible to weather changes.
While this doesn’t really affect houses in north-east Melbourne, homes in Victoria’s alpine regions often report burst pipes, as water expands when it freezes.
Whatever the cause, burst pipes leave you without water. In many cases, they also leave you with flooding and water damage, landing them squarely in the “plumbing emergency” category.
Clogged toilets and drains
We all know how blocked toilets and drains can be a pain to deal with.
Clogged toilets and drains are often caused by objects and materials that block wastewater from flowing.
We don’t just mean food scraps and other debris, either – oftentimes, sediment buildup can also result in a blockage.
Some homeowners employ homemade solvents to unclog toilets and drains, such as good old-fashioned vinegar and baking soda.
While this can help remove certain blockages, it doesn’t work for deeper blockages, like those caused by tree roots.
Nor does it fix any underlying issues in the pipe or drain. These need to be addressed by a qualified plumber who can clean and unblock the drains and sewage pipes.
And if need be, our Eltham plumbing team can also upgrade affected drains and pipes with wider pipes that are less prone to these issues.
Gas is dangerous, end of story and should only ever be handled by a trained professional.
When searching for a plumber, ensure yours is qualified and trained specifically in gas plumbing.
The way gas is supplied is very similar to water. While the contents of the pipe may differ, that doesn’t change the fact that the pipes and fittings themselves are broadly quite similar!
If you suspect any gas leak within your system, it is best to vacate the area, ventilate properly and contact an emergency plumber in Eltham as soon as possible to diagnose and fix the issue for you.
Address the gas leakage problem immediately and contact a certified plumber for a regular inspection with your gas system.
Unsure if your plumber is actually to work with gas lines? Read this blog post to learn more about gas plumbing qualifications.
Problems with your water heater can leave you in hot water… or more accurately, leave you without!
Sure, winter is starting to wind down. Even then however, we still need hot water for washing and cooking.
As such, hot water plumbing problems should be treated as plumbing emergencies, and handled by an emergency plumber.
Examples of common problems with hot water plumbing can include:
- Faulty thermocouple or gas control
- A leaking tank
- Failed temperature pressure relief valve
- Rust or sediment
- Failed tempering valve
These issues may arise as a result of poor maintenance, or as a result of your water heater reaching the end of its service life.
Whatever the cause, an emergency plumber can fix the issue, and if need be, replace your old hot water system altogether.
Not all plumbing emergencies are as dramatic as flooding or a burst pipe. While it may not sound like much, the consequences can be just as dire.
Over time, a leaky pipe can result in serious damage. Most pipes run through your walls and floors – over time, a leak here can cause water damage.
In particular, water can:
- Eat away at plaster
- Damage wood frames
- Warp your floors
- Provide an ideal breeding ground for mould and mildew
- Come into contact with electrical wiring
While your water may still work, make no mistake – leaks definitely count as plumbing emergencies!
As such, you should waste no time (or water) and get in contact an Eltham emergency plumber right away.
Call our Eltham plumbers for all your emergency plumbing needs
When choosing an emergency plumber, it’s often tempting to simply ring the very first phone number you can find.
If you ask us however, you need to screen your emergency plumber and figure out if they have a couple of important traits first!
For starters, your emergency plumber should be based nearby. In emergencies, minutes matter – you won’t want your emergency plumber to take ages to get to you, or waste time travelling from one side of the city to the other.
What’s more, you’ll also want to check your plumber’s operating hours. Many plumbers may claim to offer out-of-hours emergency plumbing, but not all will be available when you call them.
Luckily, you won’t need to worry about this with H2-Pro’s emergency plumbers in Eltham.
Thanks to our home base in Warrandyte, you can trust our Eltham plumbing team to get to you in a timely manner. We work solely in Melbourne’s north-east meaning we know our way around, and can get to you quickly.
What’s more, when we say we offer emergency plumbing 24/7, we mean it! Our team is ready to help out, regardless of the hour – we’re even around during public holidays.
If you live in Melbourne’s north-east and need an emergency plumber, H2-Pro should be your first port of call!