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Plumbers slammed with cold weather calls, other businesses struggle

Victoria Spilabotte

Plumbers slammed with cold weather calls, other businesses struggle

CREATED Jan. 15, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A deep freeze is blanketing the valley with ice and causing major headaches for homeowners. 

Frozen pipes are bursting and plumbers are working around the clock. 
"We've been slammed," A-Team Plumbing Owner, Bryce Anderson, said. "I got home around 9 o'clock last night from my service calls - its been busy."
On Tuesday morning, Anderson was called to a Summerlin home where the cold weather snuck up on one homeowner. 
 "We usually cover our pipes at the beginning of the cold season," Denise Lahav said. "I totally forgot and I was reminded to check it last night because of your newscast."
When Lahav checked, she found a leaky pipe covered with ice. 
"This kind of repair here you're going to get an average cost of $200 to $300," Anderson said. 
While the cold weather is good for plumbers, car washes are struggling. For the first time in 13-years Fabulous Freddy's car wash on Ft. Apache and Charleston had to close. 
Owner Freddy Smith said the inside of the car wash turned to ice and wet towels also froze. 
"Yesterday was one of those rare situations where the wind was just icing up some of our equipment and we had to shut down," Smith said. 
This is one cold spell, valley residents said, they haven't felt in years. 
"I remember going through this before," Lahav said. "I'm not very surprised that it gets down to 20 or 30 degrees at night, but it's unusually cold during the day."