After hearing that Texas plumbers were overwhelmed by phone calls and requests, New Jersey plumber Andrew Mitchell decided to make the 22-hour trek to the Lonestar State to help those affected by the weather crisis. A large number of bursting pipes are being reported, and some customers are reportedly being told that they cannot be assisted for weeks.
Before starting his journey to the south, Mitchell purchased as many plumbing tools as he could afford, aware that many stores in Texas were selling out of the much-needed supplies. Mitchell, his wife, Kisha Pinnock, and his apprentice, Isaiah Pinnock, arrived in Houston on Sunday, February 21st, with a truck full of tools.
A relative who lives in Houston quickly connected them to Mitchell’s Plumbing & Heating. In the short time that they’ve been in Texas, they have assisted 13 families with plumbing issues and they intend on staying longer than intended to help out more folks.
“By the time we got here there was already about four or five jobs lined up from my sister, and we just hit those first and then everything after that has really just been referrals from like the initial customers, like their friends and family. Since we’ve been here, it has really been nonstop.”Kisha Pinnock
One of the 13 customers Mitchell and Pinnock have helped was Dedrick Dock, of Spring, Texas. Dock shared with CNN that he tried to obtain services from at least 15 plumbers before he saw a social media post about Mitchell’s Plumbing & Heat from a friend’s neighbor. Due to a broken pipe in the garage, Dock and his family have been staying with relatives for over a week.
“We had to relocate for over a week because we needed to get someone out there,” he said. “And of course, with the plumbers here they were already overwhelmed with the work that was going on.”Dedrick Dock
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