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7 Common Plumbing Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Unexpected plumbing emergencies can happen at any time. From burst pipes and leaking faucets to overflowing toilets and clogged sink drains, homeowners should be prepared for what to do if a plumbing emergency occurs.

Here are 7 common plumbing emergencies and how you can handle them if they occur unexpectedly in your home or business.

1. Burst Pipes

Burst pipes can cause serious water damage to your home or business if not addressed quickly.

Causes & Signs

Extremely cold temperatures can cause water in pipes to freeze and then expand causing pipes to then burst. Corrosion of old pipes and tree roots are another common cause of pipes to crack or burst.

Signs of burst pipes include drop in water pressure, wet patches on carpets/floors/walls, musty smells, and/or higher than normal water bills. If you are experiencing any of these signs, you might have a problem.

Steps to Fix

In case a pipe(s) burst, follow these steps as quickly as possible:

Burst pipes can cause extensive damage to your home and should be handled immediately. Professional plumbers have the specialized tools and knowledge needed for properly repairing damaged pipes.

2. Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets are a common issue, and can become a problem if water starts leaking into areas that can cause damage.

Causes & Signs

Most leaking faucets are caused by worn washers/O-rings, corroded interior pieces, or damaged valves. In some cases, hard water buildup can also cause leaks.

For signs of a leaky faucet, look for water puddles underneath the sink or areas of water damage on walls and/or listen for dripping water when the tap is turned off.

Steps to Fix Leaky Faucets

Follow these steps to fix a leaky faucet.

3. Overflowing Toilet

An overflowing toilet is a major inconvenience and can cause significant damage if not addressed quickly.

Causes & Signs

Most overflowing toilets are caused by drain clogs that prevent waste from moving through the house and out to a sewer. If water is unable to drain, it will collect in the bowl and often overflows.

Steps to Fix

For an overflowing toilet, following these steps as quickly as possible:

4. Clogged Sink Drain

Clogged sink drains can be a major inconvenience and lead to further problems if not addressed quickly.

Causes & Signs

Hair, soap scum, food particles, and grease & oil are some of the most common culprits that contribute to clogged sink drains in the kitchen or bathroom.

The signs of a clogged sink drain include water taking longer than usual to drain from the sink, gurgling noises when water is draining, and/or sinks backing up in other areas of the property.

Steps to Fix a Clogged Sink Drain

To fix a clogged drain, follow these steps.

5. Water Heater Issues

Water heater issues are less of an emergency and more of an annoyance.

Causes & Signs

Sediment buildup, a burned-out heating element, a faulty pilot light, or problems with the thermostat can cause a water heater to stop working properly.

Signs a water heater is not working correctly include a lack of hot water, hot water running out quicker than normal, water discoloration (rust-colored), and/or higher energy bills.

Steps to Fix

To fix a clogged drain, follow these steps.

6. Backed-up Sewer System

A backed-up sewer system is a critical plumbing emergency because it prevents the flow of sewage and wastewater and can lead to overflows and property damage.

Causes & Signs

The main causes of a backed-up sewer system are clogged drains inside of a property and tree roots that damage existing drain/sewer lines causing major clogs in the plumbing system.

Signs of a sewer issue include multiple drains backing up simultaneously, water draining slowly, unpleasant smells coming from your drains, and/or toilets backing up and overflowing.

Steps to Fix a Backed-up Sewer System

Here is what to do if your sewer line is backed up:

7. Clogged Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is an important kitchen appliance that breaks down food waste and prevents clogging in your kitchen sink. If a disposal gets clogged, it leads to backed up sink, unpleasant smells, and slow drainage.

Causes & Signs

A clogged or stuck garbage disposal is usually caused by an overload of too much food in the unit, a stuck object in the unit, objects in the unit that can’t be grinded up properly (like animal bones), accumulated fats or oils in the drain, and running the disposal without enough water.

A clogged garbage disposal does not operate correctly. It will run, but the unit will not operate by grinding up any food. This results in clogged sinks, unpleasant odors, and standing water in the sink

Steps to Fix


No matter the plumbing emergency, it is important to have a trusted professional plumbing company you can count on. If you are in the greater Austin, TX area and need help with any of these common plumbing emergencies, call us at Lantz’s Lakeside Plumbing & AC. We are a trusted, local plumbing company serving the greater Austin community since 1971. We offer affordable plumbing services, repairs, installations, and replacements 7 days a week, and are open late until 9pm (Monday-Saturday).

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