CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Flashing lights outside a hospital are nothing unusual but Wednesday night it was the building, not the patients that needed help at CMC-Mercy.
A sprinkler line on the fifth floor burst causing flooding that one employee described as cascading waterfalls.
Eight patients were relocated to other places in the hospital as firefighters and experts from stanley steamer worked to remove the water.
One of the repairmen told NBC Charlotte he thought the cold weather was to blame just like the dozens of other pipes busting across the Carolinas this week.
From this one was gushing out water in a parking deck uptown to water leaking out of electrical sockets and ceilings in people's home!
Brothers Heating and Air supervisor Ken Moore says they've been treating the pipes bursting calls as emergencies at charlotte area homes.
“With the high efficiency systems the drain lines freezing, people leaving their crawl space vents open , the foundation vents open and the cold air getting into the crawl space."
Getting warm air inside homes has been a problem for hundreds of people in our area as furnaces cut out during the coldest days in decades!
Moore says it’s often avoidable.
“Keeping your system maintained and keeping your filters changed are the two biggest things i ask my customers to do have a tune up regularly."