Ever since Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air was founded in 2005 we’ve never quite had a company slogan, but recently a slogan kept popping up over and over that felt extremely appropriate to the plumbing, HVAC, and sewer industry… When you need us you’ll know!

How unfortunate, but how true! That said, given the nature of plumbing, heating and sewer emergencies there will rarely be any doubt when you need to give us a call. In this article we will detail some of the most common problems that require emergency help from Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air. If you have any of these problems call Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air today, your 24 hour emergency plumbing, heating, and sewer contractor. 

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How do I know when I need emergency heating help?

The temperatures are dropping outside… and inside! The house is cold and you go to turn on your furnace and nothing happens. Oh no! You go check and make sure the thermostat is turned on and the batteries or wires are working. Maybe your pilot light is out, but where the heck is the pilot light?! Next you check that the gas or electricity to the unit is on. It is, but the furnace still isn’t turning on.

Once you’ve exhausted your checklist of possibilities it’s time to call Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air. Furnaces are tricky units and the average homeowner isn’t equipped to safely fix more heating issues. So pick up that phone and call us!

Don’t forget, if you EVER smell gas call your local utility company and Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air right away! Leaking gas can be extremely dangerous if not shut off immediately.

How do I know when I need emergency air conditioning help?

Just like when your furnace breaks during a cold spell, you will know your air conditioner is out when the outside temps are rising and your house feels like a sauna! Run though the same checklist as you did with your furnace but also go outside and look at your outdoor unit, is there a leak? Is the outdoor condensing unit making a strange noise?

Just like with your furnace, air conditioner are tricky machines and it’s almost always best to give a professional a call. Once again, pick up that phone and call Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air!

How do I know when I need emergency plumbing help?

The most troublesome plumber emergency that happens is a water leak in your crawl space, under a sink, underground or behind a wall. No matter how many times it happens to home owners, finding a water leak is always a surprise and almost always an emergency situation. Water is a tricky element and will creep all over your house, lower and lower, until the source is shut off.

The first thing you should always do if you find a leak is to go to the street and shut off the water at the outside of the house. Then pick up your phone and call your local plumber ASAP so you can get your home nice and dry again!

How do I know when I need emergency sewer help?

Knowing when you need emergency sewer help is probably the most obvious of all the problems discussed in this article. Our sewer line backed up at our home this past week and not only did the tub, showers, and sinks immediately back up, but sewage was leaking from the cleanout into the front yard. Can you say gross! If more than one unit (sink, toilet, tub) is not draining and using a plunger doesn’t fix the issue, chances are that you have a main line clog.

This is a tricky, messy job to try and perform yourself, especially if you don’t have a sewer machine. Put down that plunger and call us right away – we will get you to the front of the line right away! Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air knows how frustrating it can be to have a sewer line clog at your home in Marin, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara!

If you’re experiencing any emergency issues with your heating, air, plumbing, or sewer systems call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air today. We’d be happy to help your get your problem resolved as quickly as possible. Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air is the San Francisco Bay Area plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractor you can count on! Remember - When you need us, you'll know!


Knowing how to quickly and properly resolve various heating and plumbing issues on the spot is what separates Bellows from other plumbing and heating companies. In Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Marin Counties, Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air is the leader when it comes to speed of service, quality of install, and the ability to take on all your furnace repairs.

Our team is here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you’d like to schedule a Spring tune up for your heating or plumbing systems please consider calling Bellows at 877-477-7151. Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air services, repairs, and installs plumbing, heating, and air conditioner equipment in: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Felton, Watsonville, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Ross, Fairfax, San Rafael, Marinwood, Terra Linda, and Novato.