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Plumbers’ services still in high demand months after winter storms burst pipes throughout ArkLaTex

Workdays are long because calls have not stopped since they started pouring in
Months after those back-to-back winter storms, plumbers still find themselves working long days...
Months after those back-to-back winter storms, plumbers still find themselves working long days to repair the damage as well as handle the calls for their services that arise every day.(Source: Tayler Davis/KSLA News 12)
Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 3:04 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Months after those back-to-back winter storms, plumbers still are swamped with calls for their services.

The ice and frigid temperatures the ArkLaTex experienced in February caused pipelines big and small to burst, leading to water outages that, in some instances, lasted for weeks. And when the water did come back on, it had to first be boiled. Meantime, some businesses temporarily turned to serving bottled beverages in place of fountain drinks.

Now it’s April with its springtime warmth and occasional frost. There’s less evidence of those wintry storms that brought travel to a halt and interrupted electrical service for days, except when it comes to plumbers’ schedules.

Many plumbing companies still are swamped with calls to repair pipes damaged during the storms in addition to new construction and everyday problems that customers may have right now.

John Walker, of Perot Plumbing, told KSLA News 12′s Tayler Davis that they are working very long hours because the calls for service have not stopped since they started pouring in when the winter storms hit in February.

“It’s been a little bit of everything on top of trying to get people’s water cut back on.”

He said they still get calls from customers with pipes that were busted during the storms. “We’re still catching two or three per week that people still haven’t had water since the freeze.”

For some, it’s building up a big bill.

“It can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to $3,000; it just all depends on how much damage is done,” Walker said.

David Whitner, one of Walker’s customers, said the storms caused him a lot of damage. “We had some issues when it came back on. The back flow valve burst out in the yard, then we had several of the sprinklers go out.”

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