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Plumbers still backlogged from deep freeze prepare for 'Round 2'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plumbers are still playing catch up from the deep freeze two weeks ago and now they're gearing up for another drop in temperatures this week.

The polar vortex is long gone, but cleanup is still in full swing. First, it's the freezing, and when the pipes thaw out, people start finding leaks.

"We still have things popping up here and there, this weekend we did have a few calls that are still freezing related," said Joe Mullins, a service technician at Dauenhauer Plumbing.

Plumbers have been working 12 to 15 hour days playing catch up to an influx of service calls. Some companies were even forced to turn people away.

"Really this is the first few days that we have slowed up just a little bit in comparison to 100 to 200 service calls a day," said Jeff Weinberg, the service department manager at Dauenhauer Plumbing.

"This week we're starting to see light at the end of the tunnel," said Richard Stemler, president of Stemler Plumbing. "As a matter of fact, today we checked a few burst pipes of people who have had their water shut off and have been patiently waiting."

Plumbers on both sides of the river are hoping to be caught up by the end of the week, but bitter cold temperatures return Tuesday.

"We're veterans now so we're mentally and physically prepared, the guys are geared to go," said Stemler.

"We just communicate to our people: cold front coming in, keep your phones on, standby," Weinberg said.

Plumbers are used to dealing with weather-related issues, but they are hoping everyone is better prepared this time around.

"It's amazing how much a little bit of freezing weather, how much damage it can really do," said Mullins.

Plumbers are urging people to keep the heat on when temperatures drop. But turn your water off to avoid any damage. And again, it's best to have a professional thaw your pipes.

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