5 Reasons to Call an Emergency Plumber

Emergency plumber fixing a clogged drain

What is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

Whenever you experience a plumbing problem, you typically feel you need to take care of it immediately to prevent further damage. However calling an emergency plumber in Commerce City on a night, weekend, or holiday can come at a high premium. It’s important then to know when to call a plumber and when to wait.

1) When There is a Risk of Flooding

Flooding due to a failed sump pump, burst pipe, sewer backup, or water shut-off valve failure, are all examples of plumbing emergencies. Flood damage can cause significant damage to structures and is a safety concern, therefore should be addressed as soon as possible.

2) Multiple Drains Clog at Once

When one drain clogs, it is not an urgent matter, but if drains throughout your house become clogged all at the same time, then you have a plumbing emergency on your hands. Ignoring clogs in multiple drains may lead to a sewer backup, another serious plumbing emergency.

3) When There is a Sewer Backup

When a sewer line backs up, the sewage sits at its backup point, creating a health hazard that could endanger your family. Ignoring a backed-up sewer may cause raw sewage to go back up through the drains in your home. It prevents the ability to use the facilities or run water, which makes living difficult as well.

4) You Are Without Water

Not having access to clean water or running water is a safety concern because, like a sewer backup, it prevents you from using the facilities and affects cooking and cleaning. If your water is discolored or smells strange when it is running, contact an emergency plumber right away.

5) There is a risk of a burst pipe

Frozen pipes and/or spigots lend themselves to two of the above concerns: risk of flooding and no water. If a pipe is frozen, not only is water not able to pass through it, but it expands, causing it to crack, which means once it thaws, it presents the risk of flooding. It’s important to know where your water shut-off valves are located and how they work. As your plumber during his or her preventative maintenance visit to show you, if you don’t already know.

Less Urgent Plumbing Problems That Can Wait

It’s better to schedule ahead for plumbing problems like:

If the problem can wait, then it isn’t a true emergency and you should consider the additional expense and determine if it is worth the call. Keep in mind that just because your emergency plumber arrives after-hours, or on a holiday or weekend, doesn’t mean they will have access to the required parts to complete the job.

A benefit of waiting for a standard business day is that plumbers then have access to supply houses which allow them to get the exact parts and supplies needed to do the job. Other than needing to order a specialty part, plumbers can get the needed parts the same day to do a repair job.

Need Emergency Plumbing Service? Call (303) 622-5526.

Now that you know WHEN to call an emergency plumber, you need to know WHO to call when you have a plumbing emergency. The answer is simple; turn to the experienced technicians at Sunshine Home Services. Since 2006, our woman-owned, family-friendly plumbing and HVAC company has proven itself to be a trusted name in Commerce City and throughout Colorado, providing quality yet affordable services to residential and commercial customers.


If you are looking for an emergency plumber in Commerce City, Sunshine Home Services can help. Call (303) 622-5526  anytime, day or night, to determine the best course of action for your concern.


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