Finding an emergency plumber in Houston can be difficult unless you know who to call. Doug Turner Plumbing offers 24/7 plumbing services, ensuring that anytime you need help with a plumbing issue that we will be on the way. A leak, busted pipe or related plumbing problems can happen anytime. You will receive the same level of service from our plumbers at 2 a.m. as you would at 2 p.m. Since 1987, we have provided excellent plumbing services to our customers. When you need plumbers in Houston after hours, call us immediately.
Steps to Take Before You Call an Emergency Plumber in Houston
[Posted on 29, Jan 2013 by Doug Turner]
Every homeowner dreads the time when a plumbing fixture or pipe breaks, because the homeowner must find a reputable emergency plumber in Houston. Now you don't have to worry — just put Doug Turner Plumbing's number in your phone so that you are ready for any plumbing emergency at any time.
Don't panic if something happens — by the time you finish panicking and think to call an emergency plumber in Houston, you could have a flooded house! Instead, review these steps and teach others in your house what to do should you find a leak.
Step 1: Look around the area that is leaking. If it is the pipes under a sink or the toilet, look for a water shut-off valve. Turn the water to the sink or toilet off. If the water stops leaking, you can take the time to call the plumber.
Step 2: If the water does not stop leaking, you don't have a shut-off valve or a shut-off valve does not exist, turn the main water valve off. In some homes, it could be outside, on the house, it could be in the laundry area, or you may have to go to the meter box on the street to shut off the water.
TIP: If you do not have a T-handle to shut off the water at the meter, you should purchase one as soon as possible. The handles are not expensive; and be sure to keep it where you can easily access it.
Step 3: Once you have the water shut off, call Doug Turner Plumbing, an emergency plumber in Houston, to set up an appointment for them to come out and repair the problem.
Step 4: Clean up the water on the floor — don't let it stay there, as it will damage the flooring, and could even damage the subflooring.
TIP: Have old towels or rags ready for the plumber to use. There may be water left in the pipes and when he repairs the problem, more water could leak out onto the floor.
TIP: If the hot water heater is leaking, turn the circuit breaker for the hot water heater off. Attach a garden hose to the fitting at the bottom of the tank. Run the hose outside the house. Open the valve to drain the hot water heater. You could run the hose to the tub or a sink, but if the tank is old, there may be sediment buildup at the bottom, which could clog the fixture, causing you to have to call the plumber for a second problem. Use the tub or sink only as a last resort, and if the tank is leaking so bad that it fills up a bucket in minutes.
If you know where the water shut-off valves are for your house, you can significantly decrease the chance of having water damage in the event you have a leak or an appliance breaks. Having a garden hose that reaches from the tank to the outside also saves you a lot of water damage should the hot water heater leak.