Emergency plumber not available. What do?

Hi I live at a rental and I can't turn off one of the taps and its wasting a lot of water so I tried calling the emergency plumbing number they have listed but they aren't picking up. When I googled the business google says they are closed on the weekends and possibly on Labor Day as well. What do?

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  • +1 vote

    Can you turn it off at the main when not using any water in the house (until you can get a plumber in)?

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      I could do that but I live in a duplex and can only see one main so I don't think I can turn it off without it affecting the neighbour as well.

      • +3 votes

        No, you'd have a main each as otherwise you'd both be using and paying from the one water account.

        Have a look at each side of the front garden and around your property. Tap might be hugging a wall somewhere.

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          Ok thanks but the tap fixed itself somehow so it's all good now. Unrelated but if each place has their own main then why does the water supply cut off each time the plumber comes to the neighbours house at my dad's place? Does that mean he is paying for the neighbours water bill? Because he lives in a unit and most of the other tenants there are renting so correct me if I'm wrong but I thought you only had to pay water bills if you owned the house because I've never received one as a renter.

          • +1 vote

            @baskinghobo: If you have a shared meter the landlord pays, if it is separate - the renter pays

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            @baskinghobo: The plumber may well find it easier to turn the mains tap for the entire block off… bit of a pain for everyone else.

          • +1 vote

            @baskinghobo: It is probably a “soft close” style ceramic disk tap.
            The hard ceramic disk has cracked into two pieces, and jammed the tap open a bit before.
            Fiddling with it, it has reseated itself allowing the tap to turn off.
            So it is still broken, and could become stuck on again if you use the tap.
            I would avoid using this tap until a plumber has fixed it, if possible.

  • +2 votes

    If you are in a rental, it's not up to you to fix it. Tell your PM and leave it with them.

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      It's for the landlord to fix, but tenant will be paying for water bill usage.

      • -1 vote

        Yeah I'd just fix if tap body is easily accessible. Most likely just a washer. One step up in difficulty than changing a light bulb.

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          Yes, but a considerable step. (Need tools, can't get washers from Woolies, etc.)

      • +1 vote

        It's for the landlord to fix, but tenant will be paying for water bill usage

        Does your RE get the water bill and send you just the usage, like they have to do here in NSW?

        Then you take a video and just tell the RE they have to fix it, or pay the water usage themselves.

        Legally, even just having not-water-saving-enough taps is enough for the landlord to be forced to pay the usage bill themselves, in NSW.

    • +8 votes

      Tell your PM and leave it with them.

      I wouldn't get ScoMo involved, he's a dead loss.

      • +3 votes

        As long as he doesn't need to hold a fire hose!

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    Look for the mains tap in the front yard, if you are in a house. It's next to the water meter. Turn it off there.

  • +1 vote

    Which tap is it? If kitchen/laundry/bathroom then look under the sink and there is very likely a 2nd tap you can turn off, unless its an old place.

    Also FYI in one old unit I lived in, the mains tap for the unit was under the kitchen sink.

  • +4 votes

    I believe if there is an emergency you can contact any available tradesperson to take care of the problem and the owner/PM will reimburse you for the cost.

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      Yep. Might depend on the state, though.

  • +2 votes

    I got this
    I'm from Sydney, give me 12 hours to drive up

    Google emergency plumber
    first hut says they can be in an hour. will cost an arm and a leg though

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      So, you are the $900 per job plumber ;)

      Make sure OP has all the parts available.

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        nah I want his arm and leg
        o.O