Have you ever been asleep at night and awaken because you hear the sound of running water? You climb out of bed and turn on the light to see a bubble of water resting in your ceiling…
You are not alone and it is times like this you don’t want to be searching for a plumber, afraid of the cost or quality of the person willing to show up in the middle of the night. In order to help you, we wanted to give you some facts about emergency plumbing services to help you make a better decision.
Fact or Myth? An Emergency Plumber Costs More Money
Emergency plumbing is almost always a temporary fix that will hold things over until the supply houses are open, which is usually standard business hours. Because the plumber is called outside these hours, one of a few options happen:
- They charge more for the convenience of assisting outside normal business hours. And while it is a service professionals job to help, there are real reasons for the increased price for an emergency plumber to come to your home.
- They charge more because they may have to call the supply house and have them open outside normal business hours and that incurs a fee, which the plumber passes to you.
- They come and provide a temporary fix, charging extra (see point 1 above), then come back the next day when the plumbing house is open and they can get needed parts.
- They come provide a true fix (as opposed to a temporary one) because they happen to have the needed parts on their truck. (With over 10,000 plumbing parts, this is unlikely).
To avoid this, know where your emergency water shut off valve is and mediate any damage the best you can and call the plumber in the morning.
Fact or Myth? A Sewer Line Back Up Requires an Emergency Plumber
Sewer line back-ups are unsanitary and can require expensive restoration services if not handled quickly. Our Englewood based Emergency Plumbers specialize in sewer line back-ups and we pride ourselves on arriving to your property within 4 hours, regardless of time of day, day of the week or even holiday.
When to Call an Emergency Plumber
If in doubt about the severity of your plumbing problem, call and talk to the emergency plumber who will share the most appropriate options with you. If you are unfamiliar with the company, consider these questions. It may even be a good time to call around today and find a reputable company before there is a problem, and put them in your phone. This will help you avoid a more costly repair that is reacted to out of urgency. Some questions to ask:
- Do you charge an emergency fee and when does that apply?
- What types of services do you perform during regular hours and during afterhours?
- Do you have a service call charge?
- Do you have a published price list?
Additionally, check out the company’s online reputation through resources such as the Better Business Bureau.
New to the area and looking for a reliable and reputable emergency plumber? Wanting a plumbing provider who doesn’t charge extra for nights, weekends or holidays? Garvin’s Sewer Service has been proving reliable, honest plumbing and sewer services for the Greater Denver and Boulder areas from their Englewood office since 1940. Give them a call with questions, for a quote or to learn more about preventative maintenance and repair services at 303-571-5114.