TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — The proprietor of a longtime music retailer mentioned Tuesday that excessive chilly temperatures contributed to a hearth suppression system malfunction that led to pipes breaking and a flooded storefront.
It was on a day when quite a few pipe and waterworks points had been reported throughout northern Utah.
Dustin Hansen mentioned when he and staff confirmed as much as Graywhale — positioned at 1773 W. 4700 South — within the morning, they seen one of many fireplace suppression pipes within the awning was sticking down low to the bottom.
The scenario, he mentioned, grew worse because the property administration scrambled to get a crew to the enterprise.
“There’s an entire fireplace suppression system that runs via the awning of this whole advanced they usually had been leaking antifreeze,” Hansen instructed KSL TV. “They mentioned that the system failed, and with the temperature dropping seven and under prefer it has been final night time and the night time earlier than, it couldn’t stand up to and it began to freeze, and because it began to thaw just a little bit, the stress grew and the pipes exploded.”
Hansen mentioned thankfully, a employee was fast to maneuver rows of information and different merchandise away from the water, which was pushing its approach again into the shop.
“She type of saved the day, and we had been capable of salvage all of our product and pull it again right here, out of the best way,” Hansen mentioned.
The proprietor mentioned as a consequence of harm brought on by the damaged pipes, the situation would seemingly be closed till later within the week, or probably subsequent week on the newest.
WATCH: Taylorsville’s Greywhale retailer flooded when a hearth suppression system froze and burst. 😱 😥 #utwx
Closed till additional discover. pic.twitter.com/O7rGS5vXwD
— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) February 1, 2023
“We’re fortunate and lucky that we’ve got a spot to go and that is the worst factor that occurs to us,” Hansen mentioned. “It’s unlucky and scary, however I’m actually glad that we type of got here out as unscathed as attainable — you recognize, lose a pair days of enterprise, however we’ll be OK.”
Tuesday was marked by frozen and damaged pipe points from Taylorsville to Salt Lake Metropolis to the Cache Valley amid single digit or decrease low temperatures and wind chills that dipped effectively into the damaging vary.
Salt Lake Metropolis public works officers mentioned that metropolis alone obtained greater than 130 calls about water “freeze-up” points.