Well, it was not a broken pipe. The pipe had slipped out. My dh tried to tighten the valve, but this made matters worse. Water spewed everywhere! My dh then rapidly managed to get it under control. But the hot water was turned off. And the mop up operation began. We started to make plans for rotas of emptying buckets and tins.
At which point the plumber called. 'Received your message. How urgent?'
Urgent! I cried down the phone.
The plumber came and managed to reconnect pipe without draining the whole system. And I learnt that there was a seperate tank for the heating system with a vale one can turn off. Then all that drains is the water in there, instead of everything.
Things are less soggy now.
And I might actually get the wip finished this weekend...