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Green Country plumbers repair unprecedented amount of frozen pipes

Frozen pipe repair
Posted at 10:05 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 23:30:55-05

TULSA, Oka. — Plumbers across Tulsa are spending a good amount of time underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. They're working around the clock to stay on pace with the number of frozen and busted pipes.

"Oh, it's been pretty hectic," Dillon Woosley, head technician at Wooten Plumbing, said.

Woolsey and his fellow technicians are rounding out week two of residential pipe repairs.

He told 2 Works for You he's visited more houses on frozen pipe calls in the last week than he had in the last five years.

"It's just been…it's insane," Woolsey said. "I don't know that there's any plumber out there that's seen anything like this."

Woolsey and his plumbing apprentice squeeze all the appointments they can into a day's work. They can only thaw so many water tap lines before exhaustion forces them to tap out.

"We're still trying to help everybody that we can, right now," he said. "I definitely don't want to leave anybody with a leak and flooding house."

Woolsey checks to make sure there is no further damage when thawing the pipes, but the projected quick warm-up next week is what worries plumbers. They said that is when potential disaster strikes.

"We're still working but we're trying to conserve our energy because we know the surge is coming," he said.

Woolsey said the best way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to run your sinks at a little more than a drip. He also suggests leaving the cabinet doors under the sink open to create an airflow.

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