Most of us have experienced a plumbing emergency in our Melbourne homes, blocked toilets, leaking roof, blocked drains or burst water pipes are all examples of plumbing emergencies. Some you can attempt to do a DIY repair and others need a professional licensed Master Plumber. A burst hot water system is definitely one you need an experienced licensed plumber for, however there is one key thing you can do before your plumber arrives and that is to…
... "Turn off the Water Supply"
Whether it be a leaking hot tap or a burst hot water service, the first thing to do is to turn the water supply off. The easiest way to do this is to turn the main cold water isolation valve off, which will turn the water off to all taps in the home. See our blog ‘How Do I Shut Off My Water Supply’ to learn how to do this.
Hot Water systems are supplied with cold water, so when you isolate the cold water supplying them, it stops the hot water flow out of the hot taps. The problem in shutting the water off is that it shuts off all water to the house. Once the main supply has been turned off and the hot water has stopped running, you can then isolate the cold water valve at the hot water system and turn the main supply back on. It’s also important to check the leak to make sure it’s not running, then wait until your expert plumber arrives.
What If I Have a Gas Hot Water System?
If you have a gas hot water system, there is no need to turn the gas supply off. Hot Water Systems have a flame failure device fitted, which isolates the gas supply to the main burner when a fault is detected. However, if you are concerned you can turn the gas supply off to the property at the gas meter. Then wait until your expert plumber arrives.
What If I Have an Electric Hot Water System?
If your electric hot water system has burst, then you can isolate the power to the hot water system at your switchboard. DO NOT attempt to remove the access panel on the hot water system yourself. Some hot water systems will have a GPO located near the hot water system, which can just be turned off.
Then wait until your expert plumber arrives.
Call your Emergency Melbourne Plumber
Hot water systems usually fail at the most inconvenient of times, and a quick response is the key to a positive outcome. When you notice your hot water system leaking, pick up the phone and call your Licensed emergency Plumber at Essendon Plumbing Services immediately to prevent further damage and limit the cost of repairs.
If left too long, problems can become major and costly.