Frozen pipe bursts keeping local plumbers busy

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Plumbers across the Inland Northwest have been working around the clock, responding to one pipe burst after another as the weather warms up after the region’s cold snap.

Local plumbers said they received hundreds of calls Thursday and Friday from businesses and homes, especially mobile homes.

Manager Bonnie Reiley spent Friday morning with her plumber, trying to clean up the mess at Pinecroft Mobile Home Park.

"It had burst the main waterlines on two of the homes and of course we had water spurting everywhere,” Reiley said.

Plumbers said that was one of dozens of calls to mobile home parks over the previous two days.  They said exposed pipes under the buildings were the main problem.

"If there is wind, it will go through the skirting if it's not up and they just freeze up really easy,” said Gold Seal plumber Rick Bennett.

Bennett said he had responded to seven calls already by late Friday morning in Spokane, Ritzville, and even Priest River.

"The freeze happened really fast and a lot of people weren't expecting it,” he said.  “They just never thought about it until it was too late."

Local plumbers told KREM 2 the last time they remember fixing this many broken pipes was back in 2008.

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