POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 5:13pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Dozens of people across the Capitol City awoke to small floods Tuesday morning as their water pipes buckled under the pressure of this winter chill.
It was just a normal morning at Halpin's Flooring, until the temperature started rising.
"9:00 when we opened up, I walked up here and I saw the pool of water and we definitely knew something was wrong. It didn't come from above," recalled David Boone, an employee who discovered the flooding from broken pipes.
The local business was in good company though as dozens upon dozens of calls for plumbing help piled up at area plumbing companies.
"Right around 9:00 the phones started ringing and we're probably approaching 40 calls at this point. I am expecting it to get a lot worse around 1:00 when the pipes start thawing," explained Jay Payne of Central Plumbing.
"When it's frozen you ain't got a problem, it's when it thaws out that you got the real problem," added Boone.
Those broken pipes will really start to cost you when added to cost of fixing any interior damage.
"Yeah, I’d say about $2,000-$10,000 worth of damage. The plumbing is probably not that big of a repair in some cases. But you're also looking at some situations where we may just have to cap it off in a few days and be able to fix it in a few days at that point."
Payne said Wednesday’s overnight freeze could bring them just as many phone calls in the morning.
"It’s going to be close and if it doesn't get back out of the 30's again this afternoon, and then we drop back into the 20's tonight, it could double easily. Everybody’s on deck," chuckled Payne.
Payne explained that many homeowners will not see the full extent of damages until the temperatures tick up to the 40 degree mark.