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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Discovering that your home is flooding due to a plumbing emergency can be stressful. It can cause frustration and quite a bit of inconvenience and can weaken the structural parts of your home.

Emergencies happen. But there are things you can do to mitigate your damages and take control of the situation early on. Here we share what you can do to help to manage your plumbing emergency.

Quickly act by following these steps. Then promptly call on Howell Services for your emergency plumbing needs in Sugar Land. We welcome you to visit our website to learn more.

Be Prepared

The first step is to ensure that you always have the number of emergency repair services in your phone or somewhere you can easily find them in an emergency. So, go ahead and add Howell Services to your phone’s contacts, 281-232-5292 so that you are ready in case of a plumbing or HVAC emergency in your home.

Keep Calm

Of course, when the water is rising, or your flooring is being damaged it is hard to keep your cool. But remaining calm will help you make better decisions and quickly get your home back to normal. Focus on working through these steps to help you regain control.

Close Off Your Water Valve

To avoid costly water remediation services, turn off the water. If you have a leak in a central location like the toilet or the sink you can turn the water off in those areas. Your toilet valve is located right behind your toilet. The one for a sink is in the cabinet right beneath the sink. Turning those off will prevent additional damage to your home. Do the same thing for appliances.

But if you have a larger leak outside of the home or within the walls of your home, or when you do not know where the leak is coming from, locate your water shutoff valve and close it off! This will cut off all the water in your home to prevent your plumbing issue from getting worse. Take the time now to locate your water shutoff valve so you will be ready.

Extricate the Water

Clean up as much of the water as you can from areas that you can access. Remove furniture and mop up all the water you can. Allowing the water to sit in your home can make restoring your home more costly.

Call Howell Services

After you have followed these steps, give Howell Services a call. We offer 24/7 plumbing services and are ready to help you. When you call, listen carefully to any instructions, and make sure that you follow any advice given while you wait for our emergency plumbing team to arrive.

Common Plumbing Emergencies

Water leaks are not the only type of plumbing emergency. Small nuisances like a clogged drain or overflowing toilet can often be handled with things you have on hand. Other situations will require that you call in the pros! These are the most common emergencies:

  • Clogged drains
  • Overflowing toilets
  • Not having hot water
  • Low water pressure
  • Sewer backups
  • Leaking appliances

Knowing When to Call an Emergency Plumber

Waiting too long to call for help is one of the biggest mistakes. Severe water damage, mold formation, and worsening plumbing conditions are all risks associated with delaying the call. What do professionals consider plumbing emergencies? When they meet these criteria.

  • Whenever there is a significant risk for flooding that could cause structural damage.
  • When the sewer is backing up as the waste poses a health hazard.
  • When you have no water.
  • This could also be due to having to turn the water off due to a leak.
  • When you are concerned that your pipes will, or have, burst.

Visit our website, to learn more about what is considered a plumbing emergency.

Howell Services is experienced and appropriately equipped to handle all plumbing emergencies. If you are dealing with a plumbing emergency, call us now. Our licensed, insured, and bonded plumbing professionals will be able to quickly diagnose your plumbing problem and efficiently provide the repairs you need. Call us today or visit

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