Metro Plumbers Donate Service for Disabled, Low-Income Homeowners

Updated: 04/06/2014 4:11 PM
Created: 04/05/2014 2:47 PM
By: Kate Renner

More than 100 disabled or low-income seniors received some major updates to plumbing in their houses Saturday.

It's not a pretty part of housekeeping, but if a leaky pipe goes on for too long it can turn into an ugly mess.

Through Saturday's event called "Water's Off," the donated skills of dozens of plumbers made some homeowners' days.

It was a project put together by St. Paul plumbers Local 34 and Minneapolis plumbers Local 15.

An estimated 600 volunteer hours were logged, for a value of $55,000.

"We're well compensated, plumbing is expensive and not everybody can afford it, we have the skills, so why not?" said Connor Corniea, plumber, Nasseff Mechanical Contractors.

Janine Olson has been living with broken pipes and leaky faucets for nearly a decade. She makes do, but says it's the worst when company is over and her kitchen sink is out of commission.

"It's quite humiliating to have to empty dishpans in the bathroom sink. It doesn't look clean, and it really isn't very sanitary," Olson said.

Union plumbers donated their hours to fix the broken plumbing, a job that could have cost Olson upwards of $900.

"I probably would have had to miss a couple house payments and that wouldn't have been good, I live on a very limited budget," said Olson.

The first big change for Olson is she plans to host a dinner party using her brand new faucets to wash the dishes.

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