SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – With the threat of single-digit temperatures approaching Monday night, plumbers want to urge people around the ArkLaTex to heed the warning of winter weather, as repairs can cost thousands of dollars.
Plumbers say there are precautions that can be taken to limit the risk of pipes bursting inside and outside of their homes, saying this area hasn’t seen this type of weather in decades.
“This deep freeze for this long is going to put people in a bind,” said Mike Tilton, owner of Mike Tilton Quality Plumbing, especially since southerners are not used to this type of weather.
Robert Brown, who owns Robert Brown Plumbing, said he’s seen accidents happen that could have been prevented if people just paid attention to the weather and the warnings.
“It was around Christmas time that year and people had all kinds of pipes freezing and busting because it got down to eight degrees and it stayed that way,” Brown said. He said the cold weather affects everyone, regardless of where they live. Regardless of whether people live in apartments or houses, they need to keep water running to keep it from freezing in the pipes.
Tilton says the cost for a house with multiple bathrooms that needs to be completely re-piped could run as much as $2,000 to $3,000 for parts and labor.
If a lot of people end up having plumbing issues because of the frigid temperatures, they could be waiting a while. Brown said there are only so many plumbers in town and they will all be busy, which means some could end up going days without running water. If road conditions are hazardous, they could be waiting even longer.
In addition to keeping faucets running, they encourage people to open cabinet doors to expose pipes to the heat and to wrap hydrants and faucets outside.