If we lived in a perfect world, plumbing systems would work without a problem. Unfortunately, the world we live in isn’t perfect, and plumbing systems break. You’re bound to run into some plumbing emergencies eventually and ignoring them or trying to fix them yourself could result in more issues than solutions. Good thing City Plumbing Services here in Phoenix, AZ is here to help with any emergency you have, big or small.

With this list of common plumbing emergencies, you can identify your problem quickly and call in the professionals (that’s us) to fix it in no time.

Leaky Faucet

The constant drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet is enough to drive anyone mad, especially when you’re trying to sleep. However, annoyance aside, it may not seem like that big of a deal.

Think again. A leaky faucet comes with a myriad of problems, including racking up your water bill, causing rust to form, and facilitating mold growth. It’s also a big water waster. Want to see for yourself? Put a bowl underneath your leak and come back a little later to see how much water has been collected. After you see how much water is being wasted, call us at City Plumbing Services and we’ll be happy to put an end to that leak.

Clogged Sink

You’re washing your hands in your sink and the water just doesn’t want to drain. In fact, the water just sits there. No amount of poking or prodding the drain helps the water to leave.

A minor clog can lead to a sink slowly draining, but a serious clog will cause the water to not drain at all. Clogged sinks are plumbing emergencies because they can impact daily activities like cooking, cleaning, and basic hygiene.

Clogged Toilet

Nothing is more frustrating than a toilet that won’t flush. Especially since the toilet is commonly the most used in an average household.

You’re pressing the handle only to have more water fill up the bowl. Chances are you have something clogging the pipes. If you keep trying to flush, you may cause the bowl to fill with water and spill onto the floor of your bathroom. This can be a serious problem if this is the only toilet in your home. Start by using a plunger to loosen the clog, but if that doesn’t work, leave it alone and call in the professionals to help.

Running Toilet

Did you flush your toilet an hour ago but still hear it running? Uh-oh.

It may seem inconsequential, especially because it’s still usable, but don’t be fooled. The constant running of your toilet is using a lot of water and could raise your utility bills quite a bit. Running toilets are typically caused by a worn-out flapper valve, but in some cases can be caused by sediment buildup.

No Hot Water

You hop into the shower only to be greeted by a shock of ice-cold water! Where’s the hot water??

While not the most ideal showering conditions, an issue with your hot water can be problematic when running the washing machine or dishwasher. No hot water could mean an issue with your water heater. Some common problems that affect water heaters are sludge build-up, a broken dip tube, or the heating mechanism breaking.

Broken Water Line

Every home has a water line that delivers water from your primary local water source to your home. If it isn’t working, you may notice your water pressure is low or your sinks are sputtering. You may also notice wet, soggy patches in your yard.

All those signs indicate that the line is probably broken. A broken line could also mean higher utility bills because water is leaking on the way to your home. As one of the more important plumbing emergencies, let us know immediately and we’ll be over to fix it as soon as possible.

Burst Pipes

This emergency is just how it sounds. If there is a “burst” in a pipe, an extremely large amount of water will come rushing out where the break happens.

Often pipes will break due to the freezing and thawing of pipes in the winter. While we in Arizona don’t deal with freezing temperatures, that doesn’t mean we are immune to bursting pipes. They can also break from being old. Check your pipes from time to time to ensure they are withstanding the regular wear and tear they go through.

Clogged Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are a wonderful invention. You put food scraps down in it, and with a flip of a switch, they’re gone!

Except it’s awful when they get clogged. Clogged garbage disposals are usually caused by non-organic waste, running the disposal without water, or grinding tough materials like potato skins. If your disposal won’t turn on or is making some funky noises, it’s time to have it inspected.

Plumbing Emergencies? We’ll Help

Plumbing emergencies are no fun to deal with. That’s why you should hire a plumbing company that not only knows what they’re doing but cares about who they’re helping. As a family-oriented company, we at City Plumbing Services do our best to stay involved with the community and customers we serve.

We have a broad-based service area we proudly serve. That includes Cave Creek, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.


If you’ve got emergencies, we’ve got solutions. Call today!