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How to Recognize an Emergency Plumbing Situation

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Sometimes you’re faced with an after-hours plumbing problem and you might not be sure if it’s serious enough to constitute an emergency plumbing situation. If you’re asking yourself whether you should call a plumber now or wait, use this guide below to determine if you should call. Remember, you don’t need to be in the midst of a dire circumstance to have an “emergency” on your hands. If you need emergency plumbing in Missouri City, TX contact our team at Doug Turner Plumbing Co. for superior service.

Problems That Need Immediate Attention

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes aren’t common in the Houston area, but we’ve been experiencing uncharacteristic weather patterns in the area recently, so it isn’t unheard of. If you’re experiencing frozen pipes, it’s time to call an emergency plumber. You can tell your pipes are frozen if you see frost on exposed pipes, hear odd noises, or experience a complete stop of water flow.

Burst Pipes

A burst pipe is an obvious reason to call a plumber. A pipe may burst because of freezing temperatures, water pressure issues, corrosion, or “water hammer” also known as the unwanted movement of pipes. If you’ve realized a pipe has burst in your home the first thing you should do is call a reliable plumber.


After last year’s disastrous events, residents in our area know how disastrous the effects of flooding can be. If you have standing water in any area of your home due to a burst pipe or water heater, call a professional immediately to avoid any unnecessary damage in addition to the damage already done.

Factors That Lead to Emergency Plumbing

Dripping Faucets

Most homeowners think of a dripping faucet as one of the more benign plumbing problems you can have with your plumbing system. If you have a dripping faucet, all the water you’re wasting can really add up. Dripping happens when the interior part of the faucet wears out. Although it’s a mild nuisance, it’s an unnecessary expense on your water bill

Slow Drains

A slow drain is typically a clogged drain. If you notice that your sink or tub is laboring to drain water don’t reach for your chemical drain cleaner. These agents are harsh and cause more damage to your pipes even if they provide temporary relief. Contact a professional to fix the problem, they’ll provide relief and ensure that your pipes remain in undamaged.

Low Water Pressure

If your shower head is trickling water or if your toilet flushes sluggishly, you might have low water pressure. Clogs and leaks are the most common cause of low water pressure, but old or ill-fitting pipes can also cause low water pressure. Regardless of the cause, it’s an inconvenience easily fixed by the aid of a professional.

Don’t Wait

Homeowners often worsen emergency plumbing problems by waiting. If you’re experiencing severe plumbing issues don’t linger or try to solve the problem on your own. Call one of our trained team members, we’ve faithfully serviced households throughout the Sugar Land area since 1987 and we can help you too.

If you’re having plumbing problems, contact us for excellent service today.

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