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What Is A Plumbing Emergency?

Chances are if you’re reading a blog about plumbing emergencies, you’re probably in dire need of help and should be calling your local emergency plumber (we can be reached at 970-818-1613, if you live in Northern Colorado).

We understand that plumbing emergencies aren’t always so easy to discern. At J.T. Plumbing, we want to make sure our customers are taken care of, at a price they can afford. So if you don’t need to shell out the extra money for emergency services, it’s probably best to wait.

However, some situations simply require immediate help . Here are some of the most common situations we come across that necessitate emergency plumbing calls.

Pipe Bursts Are A Plumbing Emergency

While a small leak can be sealed and taken care of later, a pipe that bursts can create real mayhem for homeowners. Not only are we talking about hundreds (or even thousands) of gallons of wasted water in a short time span, you’ll be dealing with major repair bills as well.

In Northern Colorado, deep freezes are some of the most common reasons for pipe bursts. Just be sure to keep an eye on your plumbing systems when temperatures drop well below 0.

If you’re unable to isolate and provide a temporary fix to the leak, you’ll need to shut your water off to prevent further damage. At J.T., we consider any situation where you don’t have running water a bona fide plumbing emergency.

Broken Water Heaters — Another Plumbing Emergency

Having hot water is an essential part of a properly running home. Without hot water cooking, cleaning, and showering become downright impossible. This is all the more true during the frigid winter months.

It’s important to keep your water heater in good condition, as they typically last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Installing a new water heater as yours gets up there in age is one way to help prevent this emergency from happening in the first place.

Sewer Backups — 100% A Plumbing Emergency!

While one backed up toilet or a slow draining sink may not be a big deal, sewer backups are some of the most dangerous plumbing emergencies as they pose a serious health hazard as well as a risk of property damage.

If sewer backups are preventing anyone in your household from using the facilities, we highly recommend getting an emergency plumbing technician on the job.


Simply put, if you’re out of water, at risk of flooding, or having sewer backups, it’s time to get a local emergency plumber on the scene quickly.

If you’re still not sure whether or not you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, you can always give us a call. We’re happy to advise you over the phone.

Fort Collins Emergency Plumbing Services Around The Clock

Plumbing emergencies never strike a convenient hour. That’s why J.T. Plumbing & Restoration is here with 24/7 emergency plumbing services in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and the rest of Northern Colorado.

If you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, get on the phone and call us at 970-818-1613. We never rest, so don’t worry about calling us any time of the day or night. Our team is here for you, and we’ll get someone on the job — pronto.