Cold Weather Heating Up Business

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -A freeze warning is in effect for the St. Louis area, it’s been more than seven months since it has been 32 degrees.  Jack Suggs the owner of Hydro Dynamics Corp. said phones are ringing off the hook at his lawn sprinkler installation company.  Suggs said, “As soon as people hear that first freeze warning they get on the phone and call us, get a little panicky really.”

Crews are busy draining and blowing out systems at some 3,000 homes in the area.  If they don’t, expensive sprinkler parts could be ruined by the cold.  Suggs added, “Extremely big headaches because you just don’t know what damage can be caused in some cases it might be minor in a lot of case it can be major, major damage”

Suggs also reminded homeowners it’s time to disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets to avoid a flooded basement next spring.

Retailers love a change in the weather.  A shift from warm to cool can heat up sales.  Business was up almost fifty percent by noon at Christopher’s in Kirkwood.  Owner Chris Thau knows how shoppers think, Thau has been in retail for almost 40 years.  Thau said, “When it gets cold they’re feeling a new season it’s a change for them they want to experience the change by looking at what’s new for Thanksgiving, what’s new for the Christmas holidays.”

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