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Cold Weather Has New Hampshire Plumbers In High Demand


Continuing sub-freezing temperatures are putting a strain on plumbers across New Hampshire.

Keith Godbout runs a plumbing business in Bow. He said he simply can’t keep up with the calls.

“This is the worst I’ve seen it since I’ve been in business for 23 years,” he said.

It’s not just the arctic temperatures, he added, but the fact that it’s been such a prolonged period of consistent cold. Godbout said he started hearing from a wave of mobile home residents last Tuesday, but that's now expanded to include more modern homes and older farmhouses.

Godbout said residents can leave cabinet doors open to try to prevent pipes from freezing. Hairdryers can also be used to warm up frozen areas, he said, but a more heavy-duty heater is required in many cases. 

Besides the inconvenience for homeowners, plumbing problems have affected at least one school district in the state. Lebanon High school was closed on Tuesday after several pipes broke in the building. Officials there say they'll be able to reopen the school Wednesday. 

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