Cold weather heats up business for area plumbers

Posted at 10:52 PM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 22:52:19-05

Norfolk – Winter’s wrath is making its way into some area resident’s homes.

Cold temperatures can make pipes freeze and burst.  It happened to Norfolk resident, Matthew Collingsworth. He and his wife came home from a weekend in New York to find the lower level of their home flooded with water.

“I think it’s mostly frustrating for me because it happened to us last year too,” explained Collingsworth. “I know the answer to this. It isn’t a hard problem for us to fix. There is no heater in this room. So if I had just done it last year I probably wouldn’t have this problem.”

Area plumbers have been responding to these types of calls since Tuesday.

“Unfortunately for our customers it’s a busy season but once we get out there, find the leak and get it secure,” says Dylan Cook of Norfolk Air Heating and Cooling.

There are ways to keep Mother Nature out of your home. Experts say a constant drip in your faucet can make all the difference. It is also helpful to disconnect any outdoor hoses, and to keep the cabinet doors open where pipes are kept.