Area plumbers swamped with calls, bogged down by shortage of parts

 Area plumbers swamped with calls, bogged down by shortage of parts

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – Plumbers across Central Texas say they have been inundated with calls since last week’s storms, but they are having a hard time finding the parts they need.

“Finding the parts is the hardest thing right now,” said Joshua Blassingame, the responsible master plumber at Blassingame Plumbing in Killeen.

He said that plumbers and DIY-minded homeowners have been competing for the same parts at hardware stores.

“Even my plumbing suppliers have not got the parts,” he told KWTX.

That has forced him to order from suppliers in Austin or outside the state.

“It’s just ridiculous,” Blassingame said.

The shortage of parts further complicates a tough situation playing out across Texas in which there are many more calls than plumbers can handle.

“It’s triage … Stop the bleeding and at least get them some water on,” Blassingame said.

“If you have a hot water leak and a cold water leak, I’m going to get your…

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