Frozen Pipes? No Heat? You're Not AlonePosted: Updated:
"All the employees have gone home. We can't use our computers, some lights aren't working in the building and it's just too cold of an environment for anyone to be productive," said Cindy Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Disabled Persons Action Organization.
Those are the problems she and her employees faced when they walked into work at the DPAO Tuesday morning in Watertown. Because of the frigid temperatures, DPAO's heat shut down completely and several pipes burst.
Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors jumped in to take a look and remedy the issues, and they're getting used to working round-the-clock.
"I know we had guys last week working 70 hours. Any time it's 30 - 40 below at night, we get a lot of no heats, a lot of frozen up pipes and busted pipes. Keeps us pretty busy," said Jeff Klock, technician
For Klock, this is just his third stop of the day and he's got a long list of places to go, but he says with temperatures this cold and for this time of year, it's not unusual.
Over at South Jefferson Physical Therapy in Adams, workers were faced with a similar problem - frozen pipes and major water leaks.
"We all came into work on a regular day and found that the toilets were backing up when we started the washing machine," said Heather Miller, co-owner of South Jefferson Physical Therapy.
Miller's physical therapy office has been open at that location since 2014 and this is the first time they've had a winter-related dilemma.
With temperatures expected to stay this way and get even colder, this is a problem that people should definitely keep an eye out for.