‘Faulty construction’: Plumbers, contractors receiving flood of calls for pipes bursting

HOUSTON – Unscheduled extreme makeovers are happening throughout the area as a result of the extreme weather week that has paralyzed the state of Texas.

Licensed plumber Mike Marsh is seeing a lot of exposed pipes in places homeowners can’t, inside their walls. After examining one pipe that burst inside the wall of a home in Sienna Marsh had this assessment, “They’re not insulated. They’re not even taken proper care of.”

This pipe burst could have been avoided, according to Marsh. Not in the days leading up to this week’s storm and freezing temperatures but rather when the home was going up.

“This is faulty construction. If things were done right here, we wouldn’t have to repair this,” Marsh said.

General contractor Michael Ferguson is staying busy as well. However, this week has been unlike anything he has seen in 36-years of contractor work.

“Crazy, a nightmare, not believe what I’m seeing and having to deal with,” said Ferguson, outside of the home where he was doing sheetrock work on Thursday.

Plumbers and contractors are facing a significant challenge, primarily getting their hands-on materials to make necessary repairs.

“Right now we are trying to stop leaks, capping lines, that’s all we can do right now because we don’t have the parts to get the repairs done,” Ferguson said.

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