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7 Signs It’s Time to Call an Emergency Plumbing Service


This one may seem like a no-brainer – it’s time for an emergency plumbing service when you have a plumbing emergency! But what does that actually look like? Beyond the obvious burst pipe that’s pumping water into your home, check out these signs to keep an eye out for that may indicate the dripping faucet you’ve been meaning to get to may require a more extensive repair.

Inexplicably Warm Floors

If you’re walking through your home and notice your floors to be warmer than usual, you may have a leak in your hot water system. A leak stemming from a hot water source causes the concrete in your home to heat up, and subsequently, your floors. Some spots may be warmer than others, but any abnormal and inexplicably warm floors can be a sign of a major plumbing issue – so don’t hesitate to call emergency plumbing services.

Standing Water in the Home

Coming across any bit of standing water inside a home can make anyone feel like Rose and Jack as the Titanic sinks – panicked. Standing water is a clear sign of a major leak or burst pipe, and should be promptly taken care of to prevent any extensive water damage from taking place. When left for too long, standing water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, which can infest your home and cause health concerns later on.

The Sound of Running Water

Hearing the sound of running water may not immediately cause panic, we hear water flowing through our pipes all the time – from appliances like dish washers and washing machines, to toilets and showers draining. However, if you notice a running water sound that you can’t trace, you may have a burst pipe. Failing to repair a burst pipe will not only lead to water damage, but will also jack up your water bill.

Smell of Sewage

 Another, unpleasant, indicator of a major plumbing problem is the presence of a sewer-like odor. There are mechanisms in place for the sewage in your home to keep from coming through your sink drain and to pump sewer odor out of the system. If you notice a sewage smell in your home, it’s likely a sign that one of those mechanisms is damaged or cracked and will require emergency plumbing services to repair properly.

Discolored Pipes

Say you find yourself down in your basement or underneath the kitchen sink, and you notice a bit of rust or discoloration in the pipes. This is big sign there’s moisture present where there shouldn’t be and might be caused by a dripping sink or leaking drain line. F you notice discoloration in your pipes, particularly around a union, you should put “call emergency pluming services” at the top of your to-do list before a major burst occurs.

Poor Water Pressure in Multiple Spots

Slower-than-normal streams of water indicate your pipes are struggling to distribute pressure. Poor water pressure in one spot is usually fine and easily remedied, but poor water pressure in multiple spots around your home could indicate a problem with the water main, hot water heater or the supply line. This sign is amplified when it occurs with one or more of the other signs listed here – call an emergency plumbing service immediately.

No Water in Winter

Low water pressure or lack of water altogether during the colder winter are strong signs that your pipes may have frozen. Exposed piping in unheated parts of the home, like the attic, crawlspaces, etc., are particularly vulnerable to freezing and can spell disaster once they thaw. When the water in pipes freezes, the pipe expands and will eventually burst – unless you have copper or other piping that is constructed to expand without bursting.

When in Doubt, Consider Hulsey Environmental’s Emergency Plumbing Services

Any problem can turn into an emergency at the drop of a hat, so don’t want to call an emergency plumbing service at the first sign of trouble. Keeping an eye out for these signs will help you avoid costly surprises later on.

If you’ve noticed one or more of these signs around your home, give us a call at 770-536-1161 and our 24-hour emergency plumbing service team will be assigned to your case. When you trust Hulsey Environmental Services, you can expect to receive fast, friendly and professional service every time.

7 replies
  1. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    I never knew that lacking of water in the winter is a sign that your pipes may have frozen. My husband and I will be moving to our new apartment but the last time that we went there we noticed there is no water. I will let him know about the benefits of hiring a plumbing company to help us with that problem.

  2. Tori Raddison
    Tori Raddison says:

    I didn’t think about how warm floors could be a sign of a major plumbing issue but now that you mention it, it makes sense. My bathroom floor was strangely warm this morning but I only noticed because of how nice it felt. We should definitely get it looked at as soon as possible. I really hope there’s not a ton of water damage since I ignored it this morning.

  3. Zachary Tomlinson
    Zachary Tomlinson says:

    I find it surprising to learn that encountering the unpleasant odor of sewage along with hearing running water sounds from the bathroom are signs of a plumbing emergency. After moving to his current apartment, my friend told me that she’s experiencing those lately, and it’s getting her worried. I’ll suggest that she call a plumbing service to get these issues sorted out.

  4. Zachary Tomlinson
    Zachary Tomlinson says:

    Thanks for helping me understand when an emergency plumbing service is needed. I find it worrying to learn that being able to smell that specific odor of sewage along with seeing standing water in random parts of a home are plumbing emergencies. My friend called me earlier and told me that these are happening to his apartment unit right now. I’ll share this with him and recommend that he call an emergency plumbing service to sort these out.


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