Plumbing Emergencies and How To Handle It

Home \ Blog \ General Plumbing \
Plumbing Emergencies and How To Handle It

What is classed as a plumbing emergency?

The sooner you get assistance for a plumbing emergency, the better. Plumbing issues, in contrast to a noisy HVAC unit or a dead electrical outlet, can have very immediate and stressful repercussions. It’s crucial for homeowners to understand which problems necessitate emergency plumbing assistance.

It is important to understand the different types of plumbing emergencies that can occur. There are many different scenarios that will cause a plumbing emergency. However, there are some common ones that can happen in your home. Here are 7 problems which constitutes as a plumbing emergency.

Overflowing Toilet

Clogs and broken float mechanisms are two common causes of toilet overflows. Whatever the source, if you don’t fix the issue right away, an overflowing toilet may turn into a nightmare.

Turning off the water supply to your toilet before picking up the phone to hire a plumber will stop the issue from growing worse. Find the water supply valve on the wall behind the toilet, and turn it completely counterclockwise to turn off the water.

In order to address the root of the toilet issue, call an emergency plumbing service once the water has been turned off. Once the issue is resolved, the plumber will turn the water back on.

Burst Pipes

Due to the low conditions, burst pipes are more often in the winter, but catastrophes may occur at any time, so it’s crucial to know how to handle this issue before tragedy occurs.

A burst pipe, one of the most serious plumbing catastrophes, may spill gallons of water in a matter of minutes and leave your property permanently damaged. Call an emergency plumber right once and turn off the main water supply if a pipe bursts within your house.

To stop future damage, you should also take out any furniture and other items from the affected room. Water in your house poses a severe risk and, if not properly managed, might encourage the formation of harmful mold and mildew.

Sump Pump Failure

Your sump pump is crucial in preventing flooding in your house if you live in a region that receives a lot of rain.

Water that has entered your home’s crawl area or basement has to be removed using sump pumps. When a storm strikes, a malfunctioning sump pump puts your house at danger of water damage, which may taint the air you and your family breathe with mold and mildew.

Flooding in your basement or crawlspace is the most obvious indication that your sump pump is broken. Another very clear indication that your sump pump is malfunctioning is wet stains on the drywall. To get your sump pump fixed as soon as possible, be sure to call an emergency plumbing service.

Broken Water Heater

Water that is either too hot or too cold is the most typical water heater issue we receive from homeowners. But there are additional issues to be aware of that demand an urgent visit from your neighborhood plumber.

Your water tank may be making certain noises that require immediate plumbing assistance. For instance, bubbling or dripping suggests that the main tank is leaking, whereas clanging or gurgling noises suggest that mineral deposits have amassed inside the tank. To get rid of such deposits, a specialist will need to drain the water tank. Water with an odd hue or odor is another issue to be aware of.

Leaky Pipes

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 90 gallons of water are lost daily by leaking pipes in up to 10% of American households.

Fixing leaking pipes may save you money on water costs while also preventing costly property damage. Even a tiny, undetected trickle from a leaking pipe can have a devastating effect. A leaky pipe may initially seem like a minor problem. Water damage may quickly spread, electrical outlets can become major shock dangers, and mold development can cause risky health issues if left ignored.

Ceiling stains, loose tiles, warped hardwood floors, painted or wallpaper that has lost its color, and musty aromas are all signs that you have a leak in your house.

Related: A Short Guide on Pipe Colors

Clogged Sewer Line

There may be catastrophic repercussions from a blockage in your home’s main sewage line, necessitating immediate plumbing assistance. You should never flush any wipes, feminine hygiene products, or paper towels down the toilet since they can quickly block your main sewer line. In the long run, clogs can develop from tree roots that eventually pass through fractures in the main sewage system.

Your house may experience a sewer system backup if the obstruction is severe enough. The telltale indicators of a sewage system backlog include numerous drain obstructions, water collecting around basement floor drains, and gurgling sounds emanating from plumbing fixtures. If you observe any of these symptoms, you should get in touch with a plumber right once.

Washing Machine Hose Leak

Typically, dripping or pooling behind your washing machine signals a hose leak, which has to be fixed immediately. In fact, washing machine malfunction is one of the major causes of insurance claims, so it’s crucial to have a professional check the issue at the first indication of a problem. Water damage can spread fast from this specific leak.

How do you handle a plumbing emergency?

At some point, almost everyone will experience a plumbing issue in their house. It would be easier for you to safeguard your house and have a repair service there much faster if you know how to manage a plumbing emergency. Your greatest line of protection against property damage is a residential plumber, who can handle almost any circumstance. Avoid assuming too much! Get the appropriate aid straight now.

For many people who like doing projects around the house, taking on a plumbing job might be a terrific DIY pastime. However, it’s preferable to consult a professional if you encounter a serious problem and discover that water is harming your property in order to reduce the damage and the expense.

It’s crucial to take the right action if you get home to discover a few inches of water on the floor, a leak in the ceiling, or a wet piece of drywall that has fallen to the floor. Plumbing problems can cause panic, but if you maintain your composure, you can lessen the harm to your property.

The procedures listed below will assist you in handling a plumbing emergency, but always remember to call a plumber before beginning any work. The best thing you can do for your house is to have a plumbing emergency crew on call around-the-clock. In order to make it simple to find your plumber’s number when you need it, we also advise adding it to a list of contacts.

Shut off the water

When a crisis arises, shut off the nearest water supply as soon as you can. This may be done with toilets by simply turning the valve at the bottom or back of the toilet. You should close your home’s main valve in case of major emergencies like flooding. The majority of water valves must be turned clockwise to be turned off.

Check your water heater.

It’s a good idea to turn off your water heater in a serious emergency to prevent harm to the appliance. After closing the main valve, turn off the heater to avoid heat buildup that increases the likelihood of bursting or overheating. Always shut off the gas before turning on the water heater if it runs on gas.

Tackle small leaks.

Stop the leak as effectively as you can if you locate a minor, obvious leak. It will be much simpler to complete this task if you keep some plumber’s tape in your toolkit.

To prevent additional harm, you may also place buckets under pouring leaks and wrap rags and towels around pipes. To ensure that your issues are handled in the most secure manner, make a note of these leaks and inform the plumbers as soon as they come.

Open drains and spigots

Even when the main water valve is closed, water will still be present in your pipes. By turning on any exterior spigots, you may direct this water away from your house and locations that can sustain harm.

Make sure the garden hose clears away any water by giving it a couple sprays. During this procedure, if you encounter a little obstruction or backup, attempt to gently unclog the drain using a plunger or other similar tool. In an emergency, avoid using any chemical cleansers in your pipes since they might worsen the situation until the plumber gets there.

Call the professionals and listen

It’s common for people to neglect to contact a plumber when an issue arises. Call as soon as possible to minimize the harm. The benefit of making an early contact is that you’ll receive some first assistance with the issue. If the situation is too risky, the trained plumbing professionals who answer your call can also inform you of that.

Please pay attention when a professional or a representative of the government advises you to leave your house during a crisis. It may help you live. When you want assistance, don’t be reluctant to contact a specialist. Royal Flush is more than happy to come out and have a look at the job, and give you a good price for the work.

So if you are looking for a professional plumber who will get the job done with minimum fuss and disruption to your life, be sure to give us a call.

To talk with one of our plumbing professionals, call 0434 069 247 now!

How fast can a plumber come?

While some plumbing problems may wait a few days for a plumber to arrive and solve them, many emergencies demand immediate assistance. Whether you have a busted pipe, a gas leak, or a clogged toilet, Royal Flush Plumbing can help you out with our emergency plumbing service.

Do emergency plumbers work at night?

Royal Flush Plumbing offers 24/7 support. We don’t take a weekend off, and neither does your plumbing. If you have a plumbing emergency, we’ll be there the same day to fix it quickly and painlessly and get everything working again.

For detailed information on our emergency services, visit our page!

Plumbing Service Areas

Port Adelaide Enfield
See All Suburbs

Plumbing Services in

Our experienced plumbers in Adelaide, SA can service the entire region, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Greater Adelaide



Port Adelaide Enfield

Charles Sturt


Mount Barker

And much more!


Matt is definitely one of the best plumbers in Adelaide. When you can solve a myriad of problems with one phone call, who wouldn’t you want it? Royal Flush Plumbing does all that and more. And that’s guaranteed.
Luis M., Alberton
Promina Inc
I’d just like to send a little thank you note. After months of a variety of plumbing problems, you saved my pipes. After the team you sent was done with their work, sure enough, my drains were draining perfectly. I’m very grateful and I’ll certainly be recommending your plumbing services to my friends!
Helen A., Highbury
Promina Inc
Here’s my honest feedback; Royal Flush Plumbing has saved me thousands of dollars in repair costs in my business. Water from the sink and toilets is no longer leaking and is holding up well.

Geoff S., Royal Park
Promina Inc
Very honest and professional service at a great price. Matt and the team were called to fix another plumbers dodgy (& expensive) job and completed on time with minimal fuss. Would definitely go directly to Matt first and would recommend others to do too – you wont be disappointed!
Aaron Mohtar
Promina Inc
Royal Flush is far more than a plumbing service and repair company, they are people that care.
They care about the well-being of my business and family home. The professionalism and high quality of work is the best I’ve seen...

Andrew Fantasia
Promina Inc
I have used Royal Flush plumbing on three separate occasions at various premises. They have been professional, responsive and thorough on each occasion and leave the jobsite tidy and clean. I would highly recommend Matt and his team. Well done guys.
David Neilson
Promina Inc
Matt and his boys did the fabulous job for my backyard plumbing. They are so professional and nice team. The job has been done promptly and efficiently. I love the way they worked and keep the site tidy and organized. I have recommended them to all of my friends. Good job, boys, the most trusty plumbing team forever!!!
Harvey Wang
Promina Inc
Friendly, honest and absolutely a pleasure to deal with. We had a leak in the ceiling from a bathroom upstairs and we received great advice and service. The team knew exactly what the issue was and was able to sort us out quickly. I highly recommend Royal Flush Plumbing and will use them again. Thanks!
Dillon Chang
Promina Inc
I had issues with my toilet drain blocking up at my place of business, Royal Flush came out and saved the day on a Sunday morning before an event I had planned Later on in the evening. I had a chat to Matt about renovating the toilet and adding on an additional toilet and a new shower/bathroom and to my amazement he made this happen and I couldn’t be happier. Royal Flush, nit only provided the plumbing removal and install of this little project….
Phuc Nguyen
Promina Inc


job completed


happy clients


hours /project






Every single one of Royal Flush plumbing licensed plumbers are skilled with a variety of services, ranging from emergency hot water repairs and blocked drains, to leak detection and gas heater services. Additionally, they will arrive fully outfitted with the most cutting-edge equipment to guarantee that the service is done properly and swiftly.

Plumbing & Gas Fitting License No #PGE263618

Royal Flush Plumbing Adelaide PTY LTD © 2023