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With over 35 years of experience, Bill Howe offers emergency plumbing repairs 24/7 365 days a year. Bill Howe’s experienced plumbers are trained and certified in emergency plumbing repairs and can offer water damage remediation services for plumbing leaks causing floods. Bill Howe offers full guarantees and customer happiness is our top priority.

Plumbing emergencies never happen on a schedule and often leave home and business owners with a stressful situation. Our plumbing technicians are available to help alleviate stress and solve emergencies quickly with transparent pricing.


Common Emergency Plumbing Problems

Drain backups are a common plumbing emergency. While having a slow kitchen sink or shower drain is frustrating, most time customers can wait for a regular appointment, or book online to have Bill Howe service their slow drain. However, when drains back up in the middle of a Saturday birthday party or a pipe bursts in the middle of the night, the problem needs swift action and Bill Howe can help.

Most backups of this nature first become slow, but not always. Drains can overflow due to a number of reasons, like multiple family residences where another unit uses water in an already slow drain stack, or with slow running mainlines when a toilet is flushed, there is nothing to stop the sewer from coming up in the most inconvenient times and places.

Water Heaters can also be an emergency plumbing repair for many customers. Cold showers are never fun, and hot water heaters of any age can experience faulty pilot lights or malfunctions from fluctuating or high water pressure.  

When the water heater problem is a pilot light, often an emergency repair can be costly, and if customers’ are able to schedule a regular appointment, they can save money. But, if the water heater is leaking from a pipe or from the bottom, it is best to seek professional assistance as soon as possible to fix the leak and avoid water damage. If customers are able, turning the water off to the house or water heater can help eliminate a flood situation and allow customers to schedule regular service.

Major flooding can also be caused by plumbing problems from broken angle stops (water shutoff valves found under sinks and toilets), showers, water heaters and drains. Whenever customers’ experience a flowing of water, it is best to contact a plumber immediately. Customers can also turn off the water to their home to prevent greater water damage, as most flooding will require some remediation.

Bill Howe has professional plumbers and water damage experts available 24 hours a day and live operators to help connect customers ensuring your plumbing emergencies are taken care of as quickly as possible.


Diagnosing Plumbing Services

Bill Howe Plumbing offers expert diagnosis of all plumbing problems, from  minor issues to major plumbing emergencies. During regular hours and scheduling, Bill Howe offers free on site estimates for most plumbing services.

After hours, plumbing emergencies will be subject to a minimum hour. However, all plumbers first contact potential customers via phone and can often help troubleshoot issues without having to schedule an emergency after hours service. During the phone call, the plumber will assess the problem and help to make recommendations to protect the customers’ property and family, and also help determine if they are in need of an emergency after hours visit or if they can wait until the next day and take advantage of free estimates.

Once on site, for plumbing emergencies at any time of day and night, our plumbers will assess the situation on an individual basis, speak with customers about the issues and symptoms of the problem and make recommendations for repairs.

Drain repairs can typically be assessed by testing the drain lines inside of and outside of the home. Signs of clogged drains include slow draining, overflowing, and multiple drains experiencing problems simultaneously.

Diagnosing water heater issues comes with experience. Our service technicians are trained and perform minor to major water heater repairs and installations every day. Knowing whether a thermocouple is bad or if the entire water heater needs replaced can be a subtle piece of knowledge and also the difference thousands of dollars to customers.

Many plumbing services include unknown problems. Customers report hearing strange noises when water runs, or high water bills that don’t makes sense, and/or water appearing in strange places. Experience in choosing the right place to begin in diagnosing these larger issues can also be the difference in cost for many customers. Bill Howe’s plumbers have experience and know just where to start assessing every plumbing problem, saving customers time and money.

Additionally, communication is important, so customers will know how long repairs can take, what diagnosis will cost, and receive an estimate for approval prior to beginning any large job. Work is only performed upon owner approval.


How We Fix Plumbing Problems

Each Bill Howe plumber has a vehicle stocked with the most common materials and tools needed for every job they may encounter during their day. A direct supervisor and field trainer are available 24 hours a day to assist in larger, or less common jobs, and Bill Howe has a fully stocked warehouse available day and night for large replacement needs such as water heaters, toilets, and pressure regulators.

Bill Howe has one of the largest plumbing fleets in the San Diego area ready to tackle any job. Our licensed plumbers are equipped with the right tools, education and training. Every new apprentice enrolls in the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors four-year journeyman plumbing academy, and the plumbing team has over forty licensed and highly trained journeyman plumbers to fix San Diego’s plumbing problems at any time of day.

When searching for an exceptional 24 hours a day San Diego emergency plumber, San Diego residents and business owners can count on Bill Howe. We will respond quickly to fix your plumbing issue and stop the flooding to help keep water damage in your home to a minimum and then we can bring in our water damage restoration and flood experts to properly dry your home and make any necessary reconstruction repairs.

Call 1-800 BILL HOWE (245-5469) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for repairs done right and the best in customer service.

What David says about us

Service for new garbage disposal. My ancient garbage disposal quit working, went online to get Bill Howe’s number, immediately received and accepted chat to describe my needs. Prompt call back to schedule an appointment, service tech Allen was out same morning, which was important to fit my work schedule. Job estimate was clear, work done fully to my expectations, area left clean, and price was very fair.
I was not surprised — I have used Bill Howe plumbers for several other tasks in the past. I have always found their staff to be helpful, attentive, and the plumbers very courteous and capable.

January 2020


What Michelle says about us

I have been using Bill Howe since the late 1980’s, their service has always been excellent, plumbing, heating and restoration. I am most impressed by the integrity of their employees, not only do they know their work/skill, they do not waste time, they are so efficient, they are so helpful and they are a true “service”!

February 2020


What Mira says about us

Bill Howe never fails us! We had a drain overflow, and Scott came (on a Saturday) to look at it and offer solution. He was punctual, professional, and extremely helpful. I should also praise the main office for always being helpful and always finding solutions. Very grateful to have you in San Diego!

February 2020

Restoration & Flood

What Ed Gohlich says about us

Cory was our technician on this job. We had a time sensitive repair issue and Bill Howe understood and assisted with getting the job done quickly.
Cory was on time to start the job and finished it quickly. Upon his leaving our home he’s was courteous, very knowledgeable, explaining what the problem was and how he fixed it. Very good communication and this is the way it’s has always been when we use Bill Howe plumbing.
Great company to work with.
Thanks Cory.

August 2019

Heating & Cooling

What Eric says about us

I had a shower that would not drain. The employee arrived on time and fixed the problem quickly and effectively at a very fair price. I was very happy with everything. Thank you and I highly recommend your plumbing service.

January 2019


What Bridgett says about us

I am extremely happy with the service we received from Bill Howe Plumbing. We were given an incorrect diagnosis of our main sewer line from another vendor, but Bill Howe’s servicemen came out for a second opinion, correctly diagnosed our problem and resolved our back up issues. We will continue to use Bill Howe for all our future plumbing needs!

Thank you Bill Howe Plumbing.

July 2019