Arctic Blast leaves busted pipes for plumbers

(WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton Roads’ first real taste of winter this year brought below-freezing temperatures, making it a busy week for local plumbers and a frustrating week for lots of residents.

Raymond Hedin of Norfolk Plumbing, Inc. said that when frozen pipes burst, it might be an easy fix, but it can be a serious inconvenience.

This week, Hedin has been springing into action, loaded up with supplies, working around the clock. Frozen pipes have had him evaluating things below the ground to figure out exactly how big the problems are up above.

“We got the call about 7:30 in the morning, water that was pouring out from a bathroom floor,” Hedin said. “We came here, it was gushing down the street. Basically, we’ve been working non-stop. Some of our guys were out til 10 o’clock last night.”

Further inspection at the Leache-Wood apartments in Norfolk meant cutting the water off to the entire building.

“This is a compression coupling, and basically what happened is when it froze it pushed back out of the fitting,” Hedin said. “We’re going to cut it over here, cut it back here and re-solder everything.”

It may not take them long to correct, but their orders are adding up. They said they’re glad to do the work when things go wrong, but there are a few things you can do to prevent problems when the temperatures take a dip.

Raymond said along with insulating your pipes and dripping your faucets you should also disconnect water hoses from the base and heat tape outdoor water heaters.

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