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Local plumbers inundated with calls during deep freeze

The ongoing cold stretch in our area has made one group of people very busy: local plumbers.

David Marshall, a plumbing technician for Elek Plumbing in Allentown, told WFMZ he's been getting sent on jobs at as rapid a clip as he's ever experienced. 

"Most of them were frozen pipes," said Marshall. 

It's a similar story for Jeff Weaver, a master plumber and owner of Jaws Plumbing in Milford Township, Bucks County. 

"Frozen pipes. Broken pipes. Clogged sewer lines," he said. "We're normally busy but not normally this busy.

The combination of the holidays and the deep freeze has Weaver working around the clock. Tuesday was a 14-hour day and he had to turn down jobs. 

"There's just not enough hours in the day," he told WFMZ. 

Marshall went to the Hellertown job after the homeowner struck out with several other companies.

One of the most common problems he sees is when people have burst pipes and they don't turn off the water properly. 

"They get a flood. By the time we get there? It's a mess most of the time," he said. 

Weaver, with a chuckle, pointed out an important aspect of his success.

"Very understanding wife. You almost need it in this line of work. Getting called out at all times of the night," he said. 

With the forecast looking the way it is, both of these plumbers are going to be busy for a long time.

"Looking forward to it, but I'm not. I hate the winter but it's great for business," said Weaver. 

Of course, not so great for the people spending money on new pipes.

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