WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Water issues were an issue for many in central Texas this week, but those concerns won’t go away anytime soon, according to a local plumber.
Mike Staas, owned by Mike Staas Services, Inc., expects more pipes to burst as the weather warms up on Friday.
Staas said Friday will likely be one of the worst days for burst pipes. When the pipes are frozen, Staas says it is difficult to spot damage or breaks.
If the temperature warms up and the water thaws, the pipes can burst at any time without warning. Staas said the best way to prevent water damage is to turn off the water.
“This is the worst time. If you don’t have water, you have no harm, ”said Staas. “But if you’re not there waiting to turn off your meter when it thaws, then there’s the damage.”
Staas said in the past few days that he has taken more than a hundred calls from people asking for help or advice. Lots of people call to ask for help by turning off their water, but Staas said there are also people who call and have plumbing emergencies.
Staas said they are planning the work through Wednesday and Thursday for minor fixes, but the emergencies need to be addressed immediately.
“A lot of people don’t have that luxury, we have to go right now or it will cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage,” said Staas. “So we have them from minor to major.”
If people need help turning their water off, people can call him and he can help guide them through the process or come out if necessary.
In Waco or areas where Waco sources water (including people of Robinson, Woodway, Hewitt, Bellmead, Lacy Lakeview, and West) residents can call 254-299-2489 to ask for the Turn off the water at the meter.
The city is also asking people to use this number to report any leaks.
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