Plumbing companies expect busy week as frozen pipes thaw

PARIS, Ky. (LEX 18) – After a week of freezing temperatures, many people across central Kentucky are already facing major problems when it comes to water.

Still, local plumbing experts say the problem will get worse before it gets better.

Joseph Weisenberger, a field repair technician at H2O Maestro in Lexington, said he responded to many calls about frozen pipes over the weekend.

With temperatures dipping into the single digits, even tips like keeping faucets dripping and keeping cupboards open weren't enough to save everyone's plumbing.

“Many people suddenly had problems that they hadn’t expected,” said Weisenberger.

He added that several pipes typically burst once it begins to thaw, which could cause problems as temperatures rise throughout the week.

“It's entirely possible that we'll find that pipes that are currently frozen have burst,” he said.

In the event that someone notices that a pipe has burst, the first thing they should do is shut off the main water supply to stop the flow of water.

Pike County Emergency Management also warned residents Sunday that warmer temperatures could be a problem and urged people to conserve as much water as possible.

“As temperatures rise later in the week, leaks may occur as pipes thaw and burst,” the office wrote in a Facebook post.

Sunday already brought a number of water-related issues across the region. Frozen water pipes led to a lack of water service in a Bourbon County neighborhood Sunday morning, with first responders going door-to-door to distribute cases of water to those affected.

Weisenberger and his team at H2O Maestro are preparing for the coming days.

“[We’ll] Be on our A game and work and try to take care of as many people as possible,” he said.

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