4 Plumbing Problems You Should Never Fix Yourself

by | Apr 16, 2019 | Latest News

Put your tools away and listen up!

Some plumbing and heating jobs don’t fall under the list of DIY jobs you do around the house.

And DEFINITELY not any of these four problems…

Trying to fix them alone is a disaster waiting to happen. It’s the perfect way to do even more damage to your property and your back pocket, not forgetting risking the lives of your loved ones.

There are plumbing and heating repairs that should only be fixed by those who are qualified. And the best way to be safe (and stay out of prison…) is often to call your trusty plumber or gas engineer.

And if you’re based in Warrington, call Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating on 01925 713 293 and get expert solutions to get you back up and running in no time.

1. Gas leaks and gas problems

If you have a gas leak or smell gas, then don’t let any other thought cross your mind: Call the 24-hour National Gas Emergencies number on 0800 111 999. When doing this, make sure you’re calling from outside the property. Because gas can ignite in an instant, it’s an extremely dangerous and emergency situation, even without you trying to fix it. In a gas leak scenario, here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.

  • DO open all doors and windows
  • DO turn off the gas at the mains tap
  • DO evacuate the building
  • DO call the National Gas Emergencies number on 0800 111 999
  • DO follow the advice given from the emergency adviser on the call
  • DO wait outside for a gas engineer to arrive
  • DO visit your nearest hospital if you’re feeling unwell and explain how you’ve been exposed to a gas leak
  • DO NOT smoke or use any naked flame inside or near the building
  • DO NOT turn plug switches on or off
  • DO NOT use mobile phones, doorbells are anything that could spark

As for other gas problems, be aware that it is illegal to work on gas if you’re not qualified, and you can face a prison sentence for even hiring an unqualified person. As the homeowner, it is your responsibility to check tradesmen’s qualifications before they do work. But don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. You can find and engineer or check a business or engineer on the Gas Safe Register. And when they arrive, remember to ask to see their Gas Safe ID card.

When you choose Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating, you can rest assured that all of our engineers are qualified and NVQ Level 3 plumbers. And when we arrive, our engineer will be more than happy to show you their Gas Safe ID card. If you’re facing a gas problem in the Warrington area, then do the safe and sensible thing by calling Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating on 01925 713 293 today.

2. If your boiler isn’t working as it should

There are many problems you can face with your boiler. And at Bumblebee, we’ve come across them all.

If you ever find yourself taking the case off your boiler, then stop. Only a qualified person should do this work. And for you to find out what has caused your problem is dangerous. For an expert though, it might take seconds to sort out. So don’t put yourself in danger trying to locate or worsen the problem, pick up the phone to a trusted plumber and get back up and running the safe way.

At Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating we have over 50 years experience serving Warrington and the surrounding areas. So call us today on 01925 713 293 if you’d like advice from the experts.

3. Water Leaks

Burst water pipes are never a good thing. If you have a water leak inside or outside your home, then you should not attempt to fix it. It should be left to the professionals.

To save water (and stress!), call in a qualified plumber to take care of things. Whether leaks are inside or outside your property (in your garden, path or driveway), the homeowner of landlord is responsible. If you’re in Warrington, call Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating on 01925 713 293. We’ll take a look and decide how best we can get you back up and running.

4. Installing gas appliances

Always get a qualified person to install gas appliances. Again, this is your responsibility as the landlord or homeowner. Follow the steps in point one to check the credentials of your engineer. Don’t forget, that if you install a gas appliance without having the adequate qualifications, you are creating a serious risk to the lives of the people living in the property, plus you could face prison time.

As well as this, you are also invalidating your warranty. Life is too short. Always call a qualified plumber or heating engineer to install your gas appliances. If you’re in the Warrington area, then choose the ‘Installer of the Year 2018’ to install your gas appliances, by calling Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating on 01925 713 293.

Get in touch today

So there you have it. Now you know the plumbing and heating problems you should never try to fix yourself. If you have a different problem that you need expert advice on, then don’t hesitate to contact the Bumblebee Team for free advice. You can call us on 01925 713 293

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