Emergency Plumbing: The Elk Grove Homeowner’s Guide for 24-Hour Plumbers

If you need an Elk Grove emergency plumbing expert, call the local professional plumbers at Bell Brothers. Dial 916-226-9799 for 24-hour service and advice 7 days a week, or schedule a non-emergency appointment HERE. Our team of experts offers free in-home estimates for residential sewer and plumbing clients. There’s a reason we’re called The No Surprise Guys; the price we quote is the price you’ll pay.

emergency plumbing Elk GroveHere’s a common Elk Grove area emergency plumbing call I’ve been getting a lot lately: a first-time homeowner has a backed up shower that’s sending all kinds of nasty debris up through their drain and into their pristine bathroom. Or, during the city’s above average rainy winters, our phones usually start ringing about massive puddles building up in yards; the ground gets soft and wet, a rock shifts under the ground and collides with a pipe, and there you have it—a recipe for a muddy yard. Elk Grove’s rapid growth over the past two decades has also increased calls for sewer and plumbing pipe replacements—sometimes under emergency circumstances—as older homes are being snapped up by modern families.

Elk Grove is definitely an interesting place for professional residential plumbers. It’s high concentration of first-time homeowners, rainy Northern California winters, and massive surge of growth in recent years has all added up to a city where 24-hour emergency plumbing calls are a bit more common than other towns nearby.

With that in mind, would-be DIY 24-hour plumbers should know what to do if an unexpected waterworks emergency rears its soggy head. Knowing how to handle a backed up shower, a burst pipe, or anything else that might occur in your home, new or old, can be the difference between costly, widespread damage or a just a blip on the first-time homeowners’ repair radar.

What to Do in an Elk Grove Home Plumbing Emergency

emergency plumbing services in Elk Grove, CAI’ve shared ElK Grove water conservation plumbing tips for drought conditions before, but if we have another rainy winter like the one in 2017, what we’ll be dealing with is essentially the opposite: what to do when a plumbing emergency causes a leak, rupture, or backup. What I want to stress right off the bat is that it’s absolutely key for you as a homeowner to keep calm.

Elk Grove is one of the most friendly cities in the country for young and first-time homeowners; about 60 percent of millennial Elk Grove residents own their own home. Because of that statistic, I come across a lot of folks who are staring down a 24-hour plumbing emergency for the first time.

Believe me, I know it’s hard not to panic when sewage starts backing up in your workroom sink or your shower, and even harder if a pipe actually ruptures and causes a major leak. But I’ve seen too many homeowners rush to fix something only to make it worse, either by attempting a DIY repair or focusing their efforts on the wrong section of plumbing as an emergency flows freely somewhere else.

So yes, the first step in any Elk Grove plumbing emergency for homeowners without much experience is to stay calm, breathe, and don’t be shy about calling in a plumbing professional.

Bell Brothers has been Elk Grove’s emergency plumbing experts for 15 years. That’s longer than most millennial homeowners have owned their own houses. We offer 24/7 emergency service sewer and pipe repair. Get in touch with our No Surprise Guys today for a free in-home estimate. Call 916-226-9799 for 24-hour service and advice 7 days a week. Or, select our online scheduling tool HERE. The price we quote is the price you’ll pay—guaranteed.

Emergency Plumbing: The Elk Grove Homeowners’ Next Steps

Once you’ve composed yourself enough to contact a local professional plumbing company, like Bell Brothers, there are two small, relatively low risk DIY fixes that you can and should do as you wait for the seasoned experts to arrive:

  • #1: Shut off your water. This is Plumbing 101. One of the first things I tell the many rookie homeowners in Elk Grove is to know how and where to shut off water sources; if a plumbing emergency strikes, this should always be your first move. For smaller emergencies, you can shut off the water at individual valves, but you should be able to locate the main valve in your home.
  • #2: Check your water heater. There are a lot of common water heater misconceptions, but an undeniable truth about all of them is that in the event of a major emergency, it’s a good idea to shut yours off. If for whatever reason water manages to well up inside it, it can severely damage the unit, putting it at risk of bursting or overheating. If you happen to have a gas water heater, always make sure to turn the gas off first.

Elk Grove was, for many years, a more rural community; folks knew how to take action and do the hard tasks that needed to get done. That can-do spirit shouldn’t carry over to your home’s plumbing, though—there’s just too much potential for major leaks and damage. Don’t be shy, call a plumber.

Preventative Maintenance after Emergency Plumbing Services in Your Elk Grove Home

Once an emergency plumbing situation has been properly handled, there’s a temptation to feel as if your sewer and pipes are now in the clear (literally). Homeowners tend to relax and get complacent after a plumbing emergency. There’s nothing wrong with that first part. Plumbing emergencies are stressful, so do take a deep breath and calm down, but you shouldn’t ever get complacent.

In fact, the most effective way to stop your next plumbing emergency before it can bubble up is to take preventative action after your last one. Plumbing and sewer inspections are a must. Have your plumbing system checked by a professional who can use video equipment to make sure all the hard to reach pipes in your home are in great working order. This is an absolutely crucial step toward avoiding your next overflowing toilet at 3 in the morning. I think we can all agree no homeowner (or plumber) ever wants to deal with that.

I love Elk Grove; it’s a really special part of the greater Sacramento area where young families can go to find affordable homes while easily commuting to their jobs around Northern California. It has an interesting history as a farm town, and I’m excited for the surprises in store for this community in the future. But, I don’t think it’s controversial to say those surprises shouldn’t include problems with your home’s plumbing systems.

Learn how to prevent an emergency plumbing situation now. Contact the experienced heating, cooling, and plumbing professionals at Bell Brothers today.

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