It doesn’t matter how often you check your homes’ features for signs of wear and tear, plumbing problems have an uncanny habit of cropping up when we least expect them. From burst pipes and leakages right through to rust and a boiler’s inability to produce hot water, the problems that we can face with our plumbing are wide and varied – and knowing when to call a plumber can make a lot of difference.

So, when should you plan a quick call exactly?

At the first sign of trouble of course! Our houses run on two main resources above all else; water and electricity. On their own, these assets are incredibly helpful. Together however, the results can be catastrophic to say the least. The worst thing about these events is that our water and electricity systems often work alongside one another, so when one malfunctions it can be a top priority to ensure that you and your family are safe.

But is that always the case?

Well no, not exactly. If you notice that the tap belonging to your sink is leaking for example, then the chances are that it will already be well away from any electrical outlets that could pose a potential risk. If the leak is small and you’re simply worried about wasting water (and receiving a higher bill as a result), then by all means call a plumber to get things back on track. In most cases it will be down to the washer wearing away internally and a new one can be fitted without much fuss.

So, what about burst or leaking pipes?

That’s where things start to become a little more complicated. Burst pipes typically occur for any one of a few reasons. The first can be as a result of impact damage, which can be more common with plastic/ PVC and copper pipes. Rust can also affect these types of pipes as well, so if you notice any blueing then this can be the first sign of decay. Other pipes that can leak or burst are flexible hoses, which are notorious for loosening and then causing water to go everywhere.

Are there any other events that might warrant a call out?

Sometimes you might notice that your boiler is making a bit of noise and this can be entirely natural; especially if the noise occurs when the boiler is being used. Radiators can do the same as can any features that receive water from another location in your home (or outside of it). If you notice rattling, clunking, or anything that seems a little untoward then it might be worth getting in touch with a plumber and having them come out to investigate the matter: