Ask any veteran homeowner about his worst fear and a plumbing emergency would be right at the top of the list. A burst water pipe in the upstairs bathroom is bad enough, but at 3am it puts a whole new dimension into the equation, and with water cascading down the stairs, you won’t have time to panic. Then there’s a blocked drain – something to avoid if at all possible – which can really throw a spanner in the works.


If you were to sit at your computer for 30 minutes, you could source emergency numbers for the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Drainage issues
  • Locksmith

Smart homeowners don’t wait for the inevitable to happen, and with all of the above numbers safely stored in your smartphone, you are literally ready for anything. If you need 24-hour plumbers in Harlow or a drainage specialist in Manchester, Google is your best friend and with time being of the essence, the sooner you make the call, the better.

Turn Off the Water

Should you suffer a ruptured water pipe, go straight to the mains valve and stop the water flow, and if you don’t know where the water mains tap is, that’s the first thing you do after reading this article. Do what you can to clear the affected area, which the plumber will thank you for, and by the time you’ve done that, he should be with you.

Remain calm and always remember that it could have been a lot worse, and you will smile as you remember how you searched out the essential service numbers in advance!