Number One for Number Two: Yelp Reveals List of America’s Most Clogged Up Plumbing Cities for Brown Friday | Yelp
With the holidays just around the corner, nothing can put a damper on a celebration like an embarrassing plumbing emergency. Whether it’s a clogged toilet, a leaking pipe or an overflowing dishwasher, the day after Thanksgiving – known as “Brown Friday” – is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers on Yelp.
To help connect you with service providers who can help you party-proof your home, Yelp is releasing a list of the 30 cities most prone to plumbing problems on Brown Friday and beyond. After all, the only thing that should be crowded on Thanksgiving weekend is your plate.
After analyzing millions of data points on Yelp for searches related to emergency plumbers — including clogged toilets, leaky faucets and more — Portland, Oregon landed at number one on the list. The city saw a 23% increase in searches for common plumbing problems during the Brown Friday period, comparing searches in the seven days before Thanksgiving Day to searches seven days after Thanksgiving Day in 2022. Portland ranked particularly high in searches for plumbing issues such as “clogged drains,” “drain cleaning,” as well as requests for quotes on Yelp for plumbing services in November and December 2022.
These cities saw the largest increase in searches for common plumbing problems during Brown Friday, compared to searches seven days before Thanksgiving Day and seven days after Thanksgiving Day in 2022.
Rounding out the top five were Virginia Beach, VA, which saw a 22% increase in plumbing-related searches during the Brown Friday period; Raleigh, NC, which saw a 21% increase; Indianapolis, IN with a 21% increase; and Jacksonville, FL, which saw an 18% increase in plumbing problems.
While Los Angeles didn’t make it to the top of the list, Angelenos overwhelmingly took the number one and “number two” spots as the city saw the highest number of quote requests for plumbing projects on Yelp during the holiday season in November and December 2022.
“Whether you’re planning a holiday party, inviting friends over to watch football or hosting houseguests for Thanksgiving, nothing puts a stop to the fun like a plumbing emergency,” said Tara Lewis, Yelp trends expert and vice president of community expansion. “Using Yelp to do a maintenance check on your plumbing or fix a problem you’ve been putting off is the best way to ensure your holiday celebrations are emergency-free on Brown Friday and beyond.”
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Do you need a holiday hero at short notice? Yelp data shows that St. Louis was the city most frequently searched for “24-hour plumbers” during the Brown Friday period. It compares searches in the seven days before Thanksgiving with searches made seven days after Thanksgiving in 2022. Rounding out the list was Los Angeles at number two, Dallas at number three, Riverside, CA at number four and Sacramento at number five.
Brown Friday trend tips from Tara Lewis, Yelp’s trend expert and vice president of community expansion
The best way to prevent accidents during your big celebration is to take preventive measures. If you are a homeowner, it is generally recommended to have your pipes checked at least once a year. You can find plumbers to inspect your home by using “Request a Quote” on Yelp!
- Focus on the kitchen: Most people think that the bathroom is the epicenter of plumbing problems, but since so much time is spent in the kitchen getting ready for parties, many problems can arise from excessive water usage in the kitchen and leftover food in the pipes. Be sure to wipe dishes clean before loading the dishwasher and use a sink strainer to catch leftover food to prevent drains from clogging.
- Remind your guests that not everything can be washed: If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, football party, or other festive gathering, leave a note in the toilet reminding guests to only flush items that are safe for the drain. Finally, if your home has multiple bathrooms, use them all to avoid potential overload of a single toilet.
- Watch out for excessive water consumption: The drastic increase in water consumption during holiday gatherings is one of the main reasons for leaks, overflows and other water supply-related problems. Whether it’s a dishwasher, shower or sink – pay attention to your water consumption.
- Check what the weather will be like: Cold temperatures and frost can quickly make pipe conditions difficult. If the weather calls for freezing temperatures before your next celebration, consider allowing faucets to drip ever so slightly to maintain water circulation and prevent freezing.
- Find your vacation hero with Yelp’s quote request: Even if you’re on vacation, Yelp’s Request a Quote feature can help you quickly book a trusted service provider for any plumbing problem. Best of all, Request a Quote allows users to see a company’s typical response time and notify multiple companies at once so they can resolve their issues quickly.
Millions of people use Yelp every day to find great local businesses, including service professionals like plumber, HVAC specialistsand more. Yelps Ask for a quote makes it easy to get quotes from multiple companies, view their average response times, and find the best service provider for your project. To give you greater peace of mind and peace of mind during the hiring process, Yelp has introduced: Yelp guaranteeda new satisfaction guarantee program that offers users the opportunity to request a quote up to $2,500 back in case something goes wrong with your project.
We identified trends in Yelp users’ searches by measuring the frequency of phrases that appeared per million searches. Trend Statistics specifically analyzed searches associated with keywords describing common plumbing issues searched during the Brown Friday period and compared searches in the seven days before Thanksgiving Day to searches in the seven days after Thanksgiving Day in 2022.” Searches were based on users’ entered search queries and suggested terms or phrases they clicked on.
For the request for proposal data, we analyzed the daily requests for plumbing service projects in November 2022 and the total requests for plumbing service projects in November to December 2022.