Plumbers see uptick after cold spell

CK Mechanical Service Manager Craig Bates said plumbers have to be ready for cold spells, and he hasn’t seen the amount of frozen pipes like this before.
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 5:18 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - February is normally a slow month for plumbers. Construction projects are few and far between, and most people typically hunker down.

They have to be ready to get to work in the event of a cold spell, like the one Casper just endured. Craig Bates, service manager at CK Mechanical, said they weren’t caught off guard by the latest cold spell, but the amount of frozen pipes did surprise them.

At CK Mechanical, the average day includes about 30 call per day for a job to do. Over the past weekend, they received over 200 calls in a span of three days.

“It’s been insane,” said Bates. “We have not stopped. We’re working long hours and getting to everybody that we can.”

Bates said there are some emotions of “terror” when you have a weekend like last weekend, but they had to “just buckle down and get going.”

“The cool thing is is sometimes you feel like a hero,” said Bates. “These people have been without water for two to three days, and you get over there, pull out your heat gun, pull out the kerosene heater, whatever tool, and boy, they’re just so appreciative of us being able to get there and get them water.”

According to Bates, they are still working on helping clients that had pipes freeze last weekend.

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