What Is Considered A Plumbing Emergency?

For most of us, when it comes to deciding on what is considered a plumbing emergency, it can mean a variety of different things.

For example, a constantly dripping tap that drives us to the edge of insanity could be considered an emergency. Likewise, a blocked toilet can also be considered an emergency for some.

While water pouring through the ceiling is about as close to being considered a real plumbing emergency as you’re likely to get.

What Do Plumbers Consider Plumbing Emergencies?

Typically, a plumbing company considers plumbing emergencies to be situations where problems with your plumbing systems are more severe than usual.

Such cases could include a drop in water pressure, damaged pipes, clogged drains or sewer system, gas leaks, and more. A plumbing emergency will generally involve the risk of water or further damage or compromising the safety of residents, as is the case with a gas leak.

Furthermore, there may even be situations where utility bills are being severely affected by pipe bursts and a heavy water leak.

When Is The Right Time To Call An Emergency Plumbing Service?

Deciding whether or not to call an emergency plumbing service like Aquatrade Plumbing Services or to wait until regular hours is never easy, so to help you, here are what we believe to be the top five reasons why you should call a Sydney emergency plumber.

Damaged or Burst Pipes

This is a no-brainer; a damaged or burst pipe can cause absolute mayhem, and if they are left unrepaired, not only can they become a health hazard, but you could end up facing massive damage to your home and a large, complex insurance claim that goes on for months on end.

If you detect a leak, you must act quickly: find your stop cock or valve and shut off the water immediately, then call a local emergency plumber.

Broken Hot Water System

Having no hot water can be a nightmare, particularly in homes with old and vulnerable people or young children – and it’s even more of a disaster in the winter months.

If you have a problem with a broken plumbing fixture like a broken water heater or hot water system and no other means of generating hot water, then there’s only one thing left to do: call an emergency plumber.

Blocked Or Overflowing Toilet

It is not always recognised as a plumbing emergency because, in many cases, it can be resolved thanks to a plunger and some hard work.

But if there is only one toilet in your home, have a member of the household who can only access one bathroom in the house, or you have to shut your water off at the mains.

Then a blocked or clogged toilet can be an emergency plumbing issue, and you need a professional plumber’s services to help release the clog.

Water Stains Or Sagging Ceilings

Water stains don’t usually appear until after a leak has been there for a while, meaning the water has already been collecting and soaking into the wall, floor or ceiling for some time.

Can Lead To Significant Damage

Along with discolouration, you might also see that in the case of a ceiling, it’s starting to sag. When this happens, it means it’s a serious issue and not only can it lead to a total collapse, and significant damage, but things could get even messier and far more expensive.

Call your emergency plumber immediately if you see any signs of water damage, whether it’s on a wall, ceiling or floor.

Don’t Waste Time, Call An Emergency Plumber

When plumbing problems strike, the last thing you want to do is waste time by waiting around to see if the problem will resolve itself or trying home plumbing techniques, as this is unlikely to help or resolve the issue. If anything, it’s probably going to make the situation worse.

Look To Reduce Damages And Plumbing Repair Costs

There is a whole host of why you could end up with an emergency with your plumbing system; it could be anything from a problem with your water supply, or an overflowing toilet, to a clogged drain or burst pipe.

But, whatever it is, the first thing you need to do is take steps to reduce damages and plumbing repair costs.

Talk To The Professionals

You can do this in the first instance by contacting the fully licensed and certified professionals at Aquatrade Plumbing Services.

As Sydney’s, trusted and reliable local plumber, they provide emergency plumbing services for residential and commercial customers around the clock 24/7, and they’re just a phone call away on 0433 504 291.


The professional emergency plumbing team at Aquatrade Plumbing Services get asked a whole host of questions about dealing with plumbing and emergencies.

Here are a few of the most common questions customers ask.

What’s The First Thing I Should Do If I Have A Plumbing Emergency?

If you have plumbing issues, then the first thing you need to do is take steps to reduce damages and plumbing repair costs, and this starts by trying to turn off the water at the mains inlet.

But only do this if you’re certain you are not compromising your safety or that of others.

Once you’ve turned off the water, the next thing to do is to call a plumbing emergency service like the professionals at Aquatrade Plumbing Services, and they can be reached 24/7 on 0433 504 291.

Are Emergency Plumbing Services Available Around The Clock?

All good professional emergency plumbers like the team at Aquatrade Plumbing Services are available around the clock, seven days a week.

As one of the trusted and reliable emergency plumbers in New South Wales, they provide emergency plumbing services for residential, commercial real estate, strata properties and domestic homes around the clock, 24/7and they’re just a phone call away 0433 504 291.

Can A Reliable Emergency Plumber Help With A Gas Leak?

Leaking gas, which smells a bit like rotten eggs, can result from a poorly fitted gas boiler, hot water and heating system or a cooker.

The effects of leaking gas in your home can cause sickness, dizziness, carbon monoxide poisoning and, in the most severe case, explosions.

If you experience any of these symptoms or think you can smell gas, don’t hesitate to call an emergency plumbing service.

Are Emergency Plumbers More Expensive?

Emergency plumbers can be more expensive than regular plumbers. This is because a typical plumber will book a convenient date and time during normal business hours to do the job.

Whereas an emergency plumber will prioritise your plumbing needs and get to you usually within a couple of hours.

Fully Licensed and Certified

The great thing about the fully licensed and certified professional emergency plumbers at Aquatrade Plumbing Services are not only known for being ‘the’ Sydney emergency plumbers.

Quality Work With A Lifetime Guarantee

But also for their competitive pricing, highest quality of workmanship and a lifetime guarantee on all their work.

Speak To A Professional Plumber

To learn more about one of Sydney’s most respected plumbing companies and their pricing or to discuss any plumbing issue, call the team on 0433 504 291. They look forward to hearing from you.

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