A surge in US plumbing shortages has caused widespread confusion among homeowners as the nation’s biggest plumbing companies struggle to meet the growing demand.
The Associated Press reported Friday that a surge in demand for plumbing has left many homeowners unable to meet their monthly bills.
Some have been unable to pay for their water, heating and air conditioning.
A report by the National Association of Realtors said that the average monthly bill for a house valued at $1.7 million has risen by more than $500 since the start of this year.
Many people who can’t pay their bills have resorted to borrowing money to pay bills.
The report noted that most borrowers have had to use a combination of cash and loans to pay their monthly water, electricity and gas bills.
It also noted that the shortage has created an even bigger problem for homeowners who do not have enough cash on hand.
Some homeowners have reported getting bills for water, gas, electricity or water service from a different company than their bank.
It was not immediately clear how many people were affected.
The AP also reported that some banks and credit unions were being inundated with customers unable to get payment.
But, as of Friday, all banks were in compliance with the new rules.
As a result, the US is now the second-largest economy in the world, after China, which has more than 4 million people in the country.