Emergency Plumbing Tips: What to Do Before Help Arrives

Emergency Plumbing Tips: What to Do Before Help Arrives

Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time, leaving you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. At Plumbaround, we understand how crucial it is to act swiftly to minimise damage and maintain the safety of your home. Here are some immediate actions to take during a plumbing emergency, ensuring you’re prepared until our professional team arrives to resolve the issue.

1. Stay Calm and Safe

Plumbing emergencies can be stressful, but staying calm is the essential first step for making sound decisions.

2. Shut Off the Water Supply

The first step in any plumbing emergency is to stop the flow of water. Locate the main water valve in your home, usually found near the water meter or where the main water line enters your house, and turn it off. If the issue is isolated to a specific fixture, such as a toilet or sink, you can shut off the valve directly connected to that fixture.

3. Turn Off the Electricity

If the plumbing emergency involves flooding or significant water leakage, it’s essential to turn off the electricity in the affected area to prevent electrical hazards. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination, so ensure you take this step if there’s any risk of water coming into contact with electrical outlets or appliances.

4. Contain the Leak

While waiting for professional help, use whatever materials you have on hand to contain the leak. Buckets and towels can help absorb water and prevent it from spreading. For smaller leaks, a piece of rubber or tape wrapped around the pipe may temporarily stop the flow of water.

5. Clear the Area

Move furniture, electronics, and other valuables away from the affected area to prevent water damage. If water has already spread, remove these items quickly and place them in a dry, safe location. This step will help minimise potential damage to your belongings.

6. Drain the Pipes

After shutting off the main water supply, open all your taps to drain the remaining water in the pipes. This can help reduce further leakage and relieve pressure in the system. Don’t forget to flush toilets multiple times to empty their tanks as well.

7. Use Plungers and Temporary Fixes

For blocked toilets or sinks, a plunger can be an effective tool to clear minor blockages. If you suspect a pipe has burst, you can use a pipe repair clamp or self-fusing silicone tape as a temporary fix to seal the crack and reduce leakage.

8. Ventilate the Area

If the plumbing emergency involves significant water spillage, open windows and doors to ventilate the area. Good airflow will help dry out the space and reduce the risk of mould developing.

9. Take Photos and Notes

Document the damage with photos and take notes of any observations. This information will be valuable for both your insurance claim and our plumbing team when they arrive. Detailed documentation helps the repair process and ensures nothing is overlooked.

10. Call Plumbaround Immediately

As soon as you’ve taken the necessary steps to control the situation, call Plumbaround at 07 3038 1038. Our experienced team is ready to assist you 24/7, providing prompt and professional emergency plumbing services across Brisbane.

By following these tips, you can minimise damage and ensure the safety of your home until our skilled plumbers arrive. Remember, quick action can make all the difference in a plumbing emergency!

5 Dangers of ‘DIY’ Plumbing


Trying to save money with DIY plumbing repairs can lead to expensive and dangerous problems in the long run. Avoid these risks by hiring a licensed and experienced plumber.

When it comes to plumbing repairs, DIY might seem like a cost-effective option, but it can often cause more harm than good. Here are five reasons why you should avoid DIY plumbing and call the experts at Plumbaround instead:

Causing irreparable damage

Even a small mistake during a DIY repair can cause significant damage to your home. Water damage and mould growth can weaken the structure of your home and compromise its safety, while a gas leak can be hazardous to your health and safety.

Safety concerns

Plumbing work can be dangerous, especially when dealing with gas lines, sewage, or hot water. Without proper training and equipment, you could put yourself and your family at risk of injury or illness.

Code violations

DIY plumbing work that doesn’t meet local building codes and regulations can result in fines, penalties, or legal issues. Hiring a licensed plumber ensures that your plumbing work meets all local codes and regulations, preventing any potential issues down the line.

Costly mistakes

Attempting to do plumbing work yourself can result in costly mistakes that end up costing you more money in the long run. A professional plumber will have the skills and expertise to do the job right the first time, saving you time and money.

Lack of proper tools

Plumbing work requires specialized tools and equipment that most homeowners don’t have access to. A professional plumber will have access to the necessary tools and equipment, ensuring that any plumbing issues are diagnosed and resolved correctly.

Don’t risk damage to your home or your safety – contact Plumbaround! Our licensed and experienced plumbers will ensure that your plumbing system is functioning properly and that any issues or repairs are addressed quickly and efficiently.

Call Plumbaround today at 07 3038 1038.

Are you ready for storm season?

Are you ready for storm season?

As we all know in South East Queensland, storm season is fast approaching and if you have ever wondered is there a plumber near me, the answer if YES, Plumbaround!  

We have recently attended a property in North Brisbane where the owner thought the sewerage from the drain was causing a wet patch in the grassed area of their property. 

Upon investigation we found it was a leaking tap that was undetected and was dripping into the down pipes and leaking below the ground into the stormwater line. 

We serviced the tap, cleaned the line, camera’d the line & located the issue. 

The Result …

The stormwater pipe is repaired and is now flowing freely.  The owners will now be ready for storm season & free of a flooding emergency when the rain hits this year.

If you are currently experiencing or previously had overflowing stormwater or sewerage pipe work and flooding on the property and you want to avoid an emergency,

book an inspection with the Plumbaround team today.

Call the team on 07 3038 1038 or email info@plumbaround.com.au

Hydro Jet Rodder drain clearance in Northside Brisbane

Hydro Jet Rodder drain clearance in Northside Brisbane

Jetter The Gap

With the Hydro Jet Rodder on board, Plumbaround can clear even the toughest blocked drains.  Whilst the electric eel is a great machine to clear lines, the Jet Rodder blasts all sorts of debris free from blocked sewer and stormwater lines.

Hydro Jetting cleans drains once cleared of a blockage with a high pressure water jet at up to 35,000kpa. The jet rodder achieves this by feeding a self propelled hose with a specifically designed nozzle up the drain.

There are many places an electric eel cannot go where a jetter hose travels with ease and does the job more effectively and efficiently. We have a variety of nozzles for use and with the ability to pull through toilet pans and tight PVC gully traps.

Hydro-jetting will clear storm water lines blocked by silt, sludge and sediment build up.  The hydro-jet method penetrates the dirt and flushes the drain in one action, leaving the drain clean and free flowing.

Call the Plumbaround team today on 3038-1038 to enquire about the Hydro Jet Rodder.

Exciting new office space in Chermside West

Exciting new office space in Chermside West

What a great morning for World Tradesman Day last Friday. A hot cooked brekkie at our office on Ainsdale Street, Chermside West. We even had a few locals lining up for a sausage (with onions on the top not the bottom!)

Thank you to the wonderful locals for welcoming us into the local community. It has been an easy transition with lovely people, good vibes & great coffee next door at Silky Oak Espresso.

Please pop your head in and say ‘hi’ next time you are in the area.

Concealed leak in Everton Park

Concealed leak in Everton Park

Have you recently received a high water bill for the quarter?  Is it quite excessive?  High water usage can result from a few different reasons but a big reason could be a concealed water leak on the property.

This is the type of leak you can not see or recognise and one that could be quite costly as a home owner.

The definition of a concealed leak is a water leak on your property that is hidden from your view.  A concealed leak is usually because of a cracked pipe either located underground or inside the house walls.

If the leak is located underground, you may notice a somewhat greener or damper patch of grass overtime, however this usually goes unnoticed.  The picture here is of a concealed water leak (excavated), slight dampness to the ground cover but ultimately it was a high usage water bill that alerted the owner to identify he had a possible water leak on their property.  This prompted a call to us here at Plumbaround.

The best way to detect a concealed water leak on your property is to contact your local plumber to perform a pressure test on the property water line.  This can determine whether or not you have a water leak on the property.  From here, your plumber will locate the leak for you or organise leak detection to do so.

Our plumbers are highly skilled and we have equipment to help locate a concealed water leak for you.

Please contact our office for further information on how we can assist you today to either find that costly leak or prevent a possible leak!