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Do you need an emergency repair?

To see what we consider an emergency repair, click below:

Emergency repairs

Bath, shower and sink

  • Blocked sink or bath, or no water coming from the taps, but only if a delay would cause severe problems
  • Broken shower, but only if a delay would cause severe problems

 

Bursts, major leaks and water problems

  • Bursts or major leaks that cannot be controlled by turning off the water at the stop cock and putting a container under the burst overnight
  • Any burst, major leak or water problem that is affecting electrics and hasn’t caused the electricity to go off in the affected area
  • No cold water (but check with neighbours to see if it affects other homes. If it does, please contact United Utilities on 0345 672 3723)

 

Doors (outside)

  • Broken lock - but only if it makes your home insecure or stops you getting in or out of your home
  • Broken door - but only if it makes your home insecure and you have reported the incident to the police and provided a crime number
  • Broken communal doors to multi-storey blocks, retirement blocks and maisonette blocks
  • Broken communal doors to walk-up flats, but only if it stops you getting in or out of the block

 

Electricity and lighting

  • Complete power failure (but if nearby homes are affected, contact the electricity company instead)
  • Power off in part of the home, but only if delay would cause severe problems
  • No lighting in all or part of the home, but only if delay would cause severe problems
  • Bare wires, broken sockets or switches
  • An electrical fitting is smoking or scorching
  • Broken fire alarm or warden call system in block of flats
  • No communal lighting

 

Heating/hot water

  • No heating or hot water between October 1st and March 31st
  • However, this won’t be classed as an emergency if:
    • you have a separate gas/electric fire or
    • you can boil water
  • No heating or hot water at any time of the year, but only if a delay would cause severe problems for you
  • Several homes have no heating because of a broken district heating system
  • Taps can’t be turned off and turning off the stop cock doesn’t stop the water (but only if waiting will cause damage or severe problems for you)
  • Heating system is giving off fumes - call the National Grid on 0800 111 999

 

House fire

  • We will check electricity wiring and gas pipe work if there has been a fire in your home

 

Lifts

  • Faulty lifts in multi-storey blocks and retirement schemes
  • Faulty lifts where a tenant is trapped or a delay would cause severe problems

 

Rubbish

  • Blocked refuse chute in a multi-storey block

 

Structural damage

  • Dangerous damage to roofs, chimney stacks, walls, floors and ceilings. If there is a lack of daylight or severe weather conditions, repairs may not be possible at that time, but we will do everything we can to make the property safe and prevent more damage

 

Toilet

  • Blocked toilet - but only if there isn't another toilet in your home
  • Toilet that won't flush - but only if it’s the only toilet and you are unable to flush it with a bucket of water in the meantime
  • Blocked drains - but only if sewage is coming up in the property or garden

 

Windows

  • Broken window, but only if it makes your home insecure and you have reported the incident to the police and provided a crime number

Need to order an emergency repair?

Call 03000 123 123. You can use this number 24 hours a day, seven days a week.