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Plumbing Emergencies: What to Do When Disaster Strikes

Plumbing Emergencies: What to Do When Disaster Strikes
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Plumbing emergencies can occur when you least expect them, catching you off-guard and throwing your household into chaos faster than you can say “pipe burst.” For residents in San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County, having a game plan for these unwelcome surprises is essential.

In this blog post, we’ll examine five plumbing emergencies you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy and provide actionable steps for immediate response.

Who you gonna call?

Western Rooter & Plumbing, a family-owned plumbing company with four decades of expertise, offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services.

We’re the plumbing Ghostbusters, except we don’t bust ghosts, we bust clogs.

Backed-up Sewer

Ah, the dreaded backed-up sewer—a plumbing calamity that can make your home smell like a poorly managed zoo and cause catastrophic water damage. The dangers here aren’t just watery; they’re potentially life-threatening due to the health hazards associated with raw sewage. When this disaster strikes, here’s what you should do:

  1. Turn Off Main Water Supply: This step is as crucial as remembering your anniversary. Failure to do so can exacerbate the situation.
  2. Ventilate the Area: Open windows, turn on fans—do whatever it takes to disperse the smell and potential hazardous fumes.
  3. Call a Pro: Ring up Western Rooter & Plumbing right away. Don’t try to be a DIY hero in a situation that requires professional expertise.

Why Western Rooter & Plumbing?

  1. Specialized Team: Our team is armed with years of experience and training. We’re the SEAL Team 6 of plumbers.
  2. Advanced Diagnostics: We use cutting-edge sewer video camera inspections to pinpoint the source of the problem without tearing up your lawn like a mole on a mission.
  3. Trenchless Repair: Our trenchless sewer repair services are designed to resolve the issue while keeping your property’s aesthetic appeal intact.

Burst Pipes

Imagine waking up to the sound of water gushing like Niagara Falls—only to realize it’s happening inside your house. Welcome to the horror show called a burst pipe. Often, this issue arises in the dead of winter, but can also occur thanks to good ol’ wear and tear. No matter the reason, a burst pipe is about as welcome as a raccoon at a garden party (except FAR less cute).

Here’s your quick action plan:

  1. Turn Off Main Water Valve: You don’t want your home turning into a wading pool, do you?
  2. Assess the Damage: If possible, identify the origin of the burst to inform your plumber.
  3. Dial for Help: Ring up Western Rooter & Plumbing for rapid response. This is not the time for YouTube tutorials. This is the time for action.

Gas Leaks

A gas leak can escalate from “I smell something odd” to “why are there fire trucks outside my house?” in a matter of minutes. This is not just a plumbing emergency; it’s a call-the-cavalry, life-threatening situation.

Here’s your gas leak emergency protocol:

  1. Turn Off Gas Supply: Think of this as hitting the ‘eject’ button on a failing plane.
  2. Evacuate the Premises: No dilly-dallying. Get everyone out of the property as if it were a burning building—because it could become one.
  3. Contact Authorities: Call your gas company, followed by Western Rooter & Plumbing to assess and repair the damage.

Water Heater Malfunction

Ah, the water heater—unsung hero of modern living. It keeps your showers warm, your dishes clean, and your clothes sanitized. But when it decides to throw a tantrum, it does so with a vengeance, turning your home life into a chilling and soggy mess. A malfunctioning water heater is the kind of nuisance that can derail your week faster than a caffeine shortage on a Monday morning. Let’s delve into why this is such a grave issue and what you can do about it.

The Consequences of a Malfunctioning Water Heater

  1. Property Damage: A leaky water heater can cause flooding, leading to structural damage.
  2. Health Risks: Rust-colored water isn’t just unpleasant; it can be a health hazard.
  3. Energy Bills: A malfunctioning unit works less efficiently, spiking your energy costs.

Warning Signs

  1. Rust-Colored Water: If your tap starts spitting out water that resembles iced tea, it’s time to be concerned.
  2. Odd Noises: If your water heater starts imitating a kettle drum band, that’s a red flag.
  3. Leaks: Water pooling around the base of your heater is a cry for help.

Emergency Action Plan

  1. Turn Off Water Heater: This is akin to defusing a ticking time bomb in your utility closet.
  2. Cut Off Water Supply: This will prevent further leakage and damage.
  3. Contact Western Rooter & Plumbing: You need the pros for this one—no ifs, ands, or buts.

A malfunctioning water heater is not just an inconvenience; it’s an urgent issue that requires immediate professional attention. With Western Rooter & Plumbing in your corner, you won’t have to endure a single cold shower—unless you want to wake yourself up, that is. Trust us for all your water heater woes and let us transform a significant crisis into a minor hiccup.

Whole House Water Filter Failures

Picture this: You’ve invested in a whole house water filter to protect your family from nefarious elements lurking in your water supply. All is well until you notice the water tastes “off,” almost as if you’re drinking from a stagnant pond. Cue the dramatic music; you have a whole house water filter failure.

This isn’t just a slap on the wrist—it’s a punch to the gut, jeopardizing the safety of your drinking water and potentially wreaking havoc on your appliances and plumbing. Here’s what you need to know.

The High Stakes of a Filter Failure

  1. Health Concerns: Without filtration, your water can become a chemical cocktail you’d rather not imbibe.
  2. Appliance Damage: Minerals and sediment can build up in your appliances, shortening their lifespan.
  3. Plumbing Degradation: Your pipes aren’t immune either. Over time, they can suffer from the onslaught of contaminants.

Red Flags to Watch For

  1. Low Water Pressure: This could be a sign that the filter is clogged or malfunctioning.
  2. Odd Taste or Smell: Water should be tasteless and odorless; any deviation calls for attention.
  3. Visible Contaminants: If your water starts looking like a science experiment, pick up the phone.

Immediate Steps to Take

  1. Check the Filter: Inspect for visible damages or clogs. But don’t attempt to be the family handyman; this issue needs a professional touch.
  2. Stop Using Water: If contaminants are the concern, cease consumption until the problem is resolved.
  3. Call Western Rooter & Plumbing: This is the part where we swoop in to save the day.


In conclusion, plumbing emergencies are like uninvited guests—they show up unannounced and usually at the worst possible time. In this guide, we’ve dissected five plumbing nightmares, from backed-up sewers to malfunctioning water heaters, and laid out your action plans like a playbook for averting disaster. Western Rooter & Plumbing isn’t just a plumbing service; it’s your 24/7 emergency response team with over four decades in the game. We’re the pros you call to turn mayhem into a mere bump in the road. So, go ahead and bookmark this post. The next time plumbing chaos strikes, you’ll have the game plan and the dream team to tackle it.

John, Larry, Mike, owners of Western Rooter & Plumbing

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If you’re having plumbing issues or emergencies, contact Western Rooter & Plumbing online or call our dispatch center at (626) 448-6455. We are the Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley’s number one plumbers – don’t wait, call now!



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