East Texas plumbers face heavy workload due to freezing temperatures

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - With a second night of subfreezing temps across Deep East Texas, plumbing crews were out in full force.

"We will be runningbusted water lines today and changing out water heaters tomorrow," NacogdochesSheet Metal and Plumbing's Keith Kimbrough said. Kimbrough added that by 10 amTuesday morning, the office had already received almost 20 work orders.

Kimbrough agreed to take anews crew along with him to several house calls, but before the guided tourcould start, Kimbrough got a call that a Center nursing home had a busted pipe,leaving the residents with no water.

"We needed them guysto come over here and take care of the big issue, because there was watercoming off the roof," maintenance worker Donival McCoy said. "It was just likeit was raining ice."

Staff at the nursing homeknew they were lucky to get help on a busy day.

"We just try toprepare for instances in the future," administrator, Cherry Smith said.

The leak ended up being a smallfix. Kimbrough used a new "pex" pipe that will not leak, but swell when itfreezes. Kimbrough also added covering to keep out the cold temps. It is somethinghe suggests everybody to do.

"Before you come upon a freeze, go out there and check it, Kimbrough said. "Make sure theinsulation is still good. Make sure it is sealed good."

20 minutes after Kimbrougharrived on scene, the leak is fixed, and the guys are off to another leak, andanother chance to teach others about pipe safety.

The plumbers at Nacogdoches Sheet Metal and Plumbingsay they expect another day of heavy work, with tomorrow focusing on outdoorwater heaters that have frozen.

Copyright 2014 KTRE.All rights reserved.