What to do in an Emergency? | Plumbing and Heating Solutions

Any plumbing problems in a home can be an inconvenience to deal with but some will require you to get help immediately. Plumbing emergencies can include gas leaks, frozen or broken pipes, sewer problems or central heating breakdowns. We understand that it can cause a really bad headache if you’re not prepared for a sudden leak or boiler breakdown, but the trouble is you won’t usually be ready for emergency repairs in those situations.

One of the most common things people notice when there is a heating or plumbing issue is that the radiators are cold all over and that the hot water taps are cold. Firstly, you would need to check your thermostat is actually on ideally anywhere between 17 and 20 degrees. If the heaters don’t heat up, go to the programmer and make sure that both the heating system and warm water are on. Check that the entire system is supplied with electricity, if not the heating fuse might have blown. If the radiator is warm at the top but cold at the bottom, the radiator may need bleeding this should be done once every year to keep them regulated anyway.

We have created a boiler checklist to help you check for everything you may need to check for before you think about emergency repairs:

Are your other appliances working? Is the backup switch regulator open? If not one of your applications is working, then call your gas supplier as it is likely to be a problem at the mains.

It might be that the boiler has tripped due to security protection. You should find it on the visible part of your boiler (right at the front) but otherwise, check the manufacturers’ manual. You must NEVER have to take away a panel to find the reset button.

Older model boilers have a pilot light that might need reignition. Follow your boiler manufacturers’ guide directions. If it’s a more recent model of boiler then you can try pressing the deblocking switch to reignite the flame.

See whether one of the fuses has tripped on your fuse case. Sometimes the apparent is unnoticed and can be fixed with a simple reset.

Check the times on your regulator or programmer. Get the manual out and make sure you’ve got them set up properly. Check your timer. Your regulator will lose correctness as it gets older and might need swapping.

Low pressure in boilers can be the source of them to run at a lower volume or can cause them to stop working - this is very common in combi boilers. The pressure metre should be at 1 bar when your system is cold. If your tank has a filling top you are able to fill up your system with water manually.

These might be problematic. Feel around with them to see if you can get them warming up. For a normal lock protection valve, you’ll need to eliminate the plastic defence and use the suitable tool to regulate the setting whereas a thermostat valve can just be turned to the anticipated setting.

We hope that our blog has helped you gain a bit more knowledge on plumbing and heating, if you have any questions or queries head on over to our website, or if you would like any advice about how we can help with services and repairs please feel free to get in touch.

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