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Plumbing Companies Respond To Widespread Pipe Breaks

Monday local plumbing companies were fielding dozens of calls for frozen pipes -- now the big thaw and more breaks. As the mercury continues to rise, Bayer's Plumbing of Newburgh says their office has been paralyzed with phone calls regarding busted pipes.
Monday local plumbing companies were fielding dozens of calls for frozen pipes -- now the big thaw and more breaks. As the mercury continues to rise, Bayer's Plumbing of Newburgh says their office has been paralyzed with phone calls regarding busted pipes. They received more than 100 calls Tuesday and more than 70 calls Wednesday. Their employees have been working around the clock to help families whose homes are now flooded.

"We're dealing with shut off valves that have have blown completely apart they have flooded houses. You're dealing with multiple breaks in a home now. You're not just dealing with one pipe here and there. That's what you were dealing with a couple days ago. Now you're dealing with a total mess," says Joe Bayer, president of Bayer's Plumbing. "It just shuts their whole house down. It may flood their living room. It may flood their entire house. We don't know till we get there. I mean we're walking through people's houses. They're full of water, their crawl spaces are full of water."

If you're waiting on a broken pipe in your home to be serviced, Bayer recommends turning your main water valve off to help minimize damage.
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