Plumbers Stay Busy As Frozen, Busted Pipes Cause Flooding Across Green Country

Frozen and broken pipes have been a major problem throughout the Tulsa area in recent days, and plumbing contractors are working non-stop.

Pipes froze, burst and then flooded in businesses and homes around Green Country.

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Roto Rooter said no matter how much you can cook, the freezing temperatures can still cause problems.

CEO Kyle Brierly said his plumbing company has received four times the normal number of calls in recent days.

Brierly said the biggest concern is burst pipes in warehouses and businesses.

Plumbing companies recommend preparing for cold weather by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate.

They also suggest letting cold water drip from the faucet. However, Brierly said it is possible that pipes could burst despite these precautions.

“Most often we see it on the north walls when the pipes are against the north wall. Because the windshield actually dissipates the heat from the wall. “Insulation doesn’t create heat or keep it in. So when you drain water, all you’re doing is introducing heat,” Brierly said.

Brierly said if you use the water and nothing comes out, you should turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. You can also contact your local plumber if you need help finding one.

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