When You Should Call a Plumber for Your Leak

Posted on: 8 December 2021

Many people encounter leaks at some point in their life that they cannot resolve alone. However, it isn't always easy to identify when those leaks require the attention of an emergency plumber. With a few tips, you can identify when to leave a leak until after office hours and when to call on someone in an emergency.

It's Affecting Electrical Fittings

No matter how small a leak is, if it's starting to drip through your electrical fittings you may be dealing with some unseen dangers. For example, it's running close to a fuse box, dripping through a light fitting or you're aware it's near to exposed wires. If it's safe to do so, isolate your electrics at the main entryway and call for an emergency plumber. Should you find that you're not sure whether it's safe, call on a plumber first and they'll advise you as to whether or not you need to contact an electrician. Unfortunately, if electricity and water mix, there is a risk of a fire starting. As such, it's always wise to approach these events as though they're an emergency.

It's Coming from Your Toilet

Leaks that are coming from your toilet could pose several health hazards. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to identify whether the leaks are spreading sewage and other unsanitary substances. But if it's a consistent leak, asking a plumber to address the problem quickly can keep you and other members of your household safe. As sewage carries pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, acting quickly is in your best interest. If the leak worsens and exposes a lot of your bathroom to sewage water, you may need to use a specialist cleaning company to make the area safe again.

It's Getting Worse

If your leak starts as a trickle and it's now growing into a flood, there's a chance you're dealing with a burst pipe. Ignoring burst pipes means you may face further structural damage. Additionally, if you allow the problem to carry on for too long, you could invalidate your insurance. Once you start to notice that a leak is rapidly worsening, call on a plumber. Even if they find that it's just a minor issue, you'll avoid wasting money on water bills.

You're Seeing Wet Patches

When you start to see wet patches on your walls, ceiling or floor, you may be dealing with a leak that's hard to identify. Emergency plumbers carry special equipment that makes it easier for them to identify the severity of a leak. As a result, they'll be able to address it quickly and avoid structural damage.

Contact a local emergency plumber to learn more.