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What to do when you have a Plumbing Emergency?

A plumbing emergency is a real inconvenience!

It’s the last thing you want when you get home from work and want a warm bath. It can be a real struggle having to sort out a blocked sink or burst pipe on your own. Importantly if you do not contact a plumber, further costs could arise!

By the end of this article, you will have greater knowledge on how to deal with a plumbing emergency and what steps should be taken to protect your house from damage.

First of all, here are some common plumbing and heating issues we have fixed in the past:

· Blocked sinks

· Toilet stopped flushing

· Toilet keeps running water

· Clogged up pipes

· Leaking pipes

· Taps are constantly running

· Blocked toilet's

· Poor water pressure

This list highlight's just a few, let us know what the issue is and we can try help straight away.

If you are having a plumbing issue and you decide to leave the problem untreated, it’s likely that this will add unnecessary repair works which could cause increased cost and long term damage to your home. The message is: DO NOT LEAVE IT TO CHANCE!

Top 3 Plumbing Emergencies

Burst Pipes

When there is a drop in temperature, water can freeze inside the pipes which cause water to expand inside the pipe which results in it bursting. Small leak's create an ideal spot for mould to grow which can cause a terrible smell to the property and damage over time.

What to do:

· Turn off water to property

· Open taps if you believe it is coming from a hot or cold water pipe (sometimes there may be isolation valves to enable you shut the water off to the specific pipe. If you are aware of this, you can shut this off).

· If there is a possibility water could go onto electrics, you may want to consider isolating your electrics at your main electric board

· Contact G&K (if your are unfortunate and do not live within our working area, contact a trusted local plumber).

Boiler Breakdowns

There are a variety of reasons why your boiler may not be working. Common examples include the boiler pressure being too low or too high, a power cut, gas supply issues, a faulty pilot light, a frozen condensate pipe, faulty internal components or a more complex issue.

What to do:

· Check if the boiler is under its manufacturer’s warranty Note: If under warranty, there may be a possibility the fault is with another part of your heating system. If so, you may incur a charge for the call out from the manufacturer and still be left without heating or hot water. Give us a call and we can attempt to point you in the right direction.

· Contact the manufacturer if the boiler is within its warranty.

· If your boiler is not under warranty, you can reference the manufactures instructions to see if there is a possibility you can reset, re-pressure your boiler or other instructions which may get you up and running. Be careful though, we attend many properties where customers have attempted repairs and have caused more damage in doing so.

If your boiler is not under warranty, contact G&K!


This is mainly caused by blocked drains, toiler leaks, high water pressure and corroded pipes. A common symptom of this is an increase in your water bill or a change in the water flow or the obvious wet patch on your walls, ceilings and floors,

What to do:

· As soon as you become aware of the leak, if possible put a container such as a bucket underneath it.

· Contact G&K straight away as the leak can potentially cause damage to your property.

· Monitor the area of where the leak is to ensure you stop it early if it happens again.

Remember that some major indicator that you have a plumbing issue are blocks and leaks, but they are not the only ones. Some others could be:

· Discoloured pipes

· Smelly odour

· Water coming out of taps in several directions

· Slow drain

G&K Heating are excellent at getting out to an emergency quickly to ensure your issue doesn’t turn into a huge problem! Get in touch, even if you think it’s not a big deal.

At the end of the day, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Call us today on

01273 45 7742