New Jersey plumber drives to Houston to help homes in need after winter storm

This week celebrates a hero from a New Jersey plumber who drove to Texas to help residents plagued by burst pipes and other property damage caused by last week’s winter storms.

According to CNN, after hearing that local plumbers were unable to keep up with calls from troubled customers, Andrew Mitchell and his wife, Kisha Pinnock, made the bold decision to drive their two-year-old son Blake and a truck full of tools from Morristown to Houston for 22 hours.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 20: Water shoots from a burst pipe outside of a restaurant on February 20, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

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When the family arrived on Sunday afternoon, Pinnock’s sister, who lives in Houston, was able to put them in touch with several residents who had difficulty finding help and were more than happy to use the services of Mitchell’s Plumbing & Heating.

“When we got here, my sister had four or five jobs to do and we met them first, and after that it was really just a recommendation from the first customers like their friends and family.” said Pinnock. “It’s been really non-stop since we’ve been here.”

Andrew Mitchell and his wife Kisha Pinnock decided to take their 2-year-old son Blake on the 22-hour drive from Morristown after learning that the local plumbers were overwhelmed with calls and some customers couldn’t get help for weeks.

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Among those Mitchell-sponsored was Dedrick Dock of Spring, Texas, who told CNN that he looked through a list of over 15 plumbers before hearing about Mitchell’s Plumbing & Heating from a friend’s neighbor.

“We had to move for over a week because we needed someone out there,” said Dock, whose family had to leave home because of a burst pipe. “And of course the plumbers here were already overwhelmed with the work that was going on.”

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Mitchell and his family originally planned to return home next week, but given the amazing demand in the area, they have now added at least two more weeks to their time in Houston.

“I think we certainly made a difference,” said Pinnock.

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