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Four Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

When plumbing problems strike, some of us like to grab plumbing tools and get to work. Many times, however, the problem requires more than do-it-yourself experience. At Mr. Rooter of Fort Bend, Texas, we believe our customers need to know when it’s better for them to call for help rather than risk making things worse. Here are some of those circumstances.

Standing Water

Standing water in your lawn absent heavy rain is never a good sign. It could indicate a broken main supply line. If it’s accompanied by a foul odor, it could mean a cracked sewage line or a full or malfunctioning septic tank. These are all jobs for the professionals.

Freezing Water

If you can’t get hot water at your faucet or shower, you may have a problem with your water heater. Check for a tripped breaker or an extinguished pilot light. If the tank is on, listen for odd sounds, as this is indicative of something significant going wrong inside. Cut power to the unit if necessary and call for help immediately to prevent larger problems, and consider replacing any water heater over 10 years old.


Clogs happen as people pour stuff down the drain, someone accidentally flushes something down your toilet, or hair accumulates over time. At first, you may think fixing a clog is a simple task for a plunger or pipe snake. However, many clogs are beyond your ability to fix. Remember: avoid dangerous chemicals, because they damage your pipes.


If you have standing water inside, you have problems. Your water heater may have cracked, a pipe fractured, or the sewage line could have backed up. Regardless of the cause, call for help immediately. If you can cut off the water flow, do so. This may involve turning off the main line. Make a note on a piece of paper showing where your shut-off valves are located and hang it somewhere obvious in your home for when you need it.

If you find yourself in any of these situations, save yourself the time and trouble and call Mr. Rooter of Fort Bend immediately. Our certified plumbers will respond to any plumbing emergency 24 hours a day.