MILLSBORO, Del. -- The coldest night of the first full week of January means many companies specializing in heating and plumbing will be busy servicing homes across Delmarva.
Some Sussex County Heating Ventilation Air Condition (HVAC) and plumbing technicians said their busiest time of the winter begins in November.
Service manager for Megee's Plumbing and Heating in Georgetown, Rodger Pearce, said the most common service calls he receives have to do with frozen pipes.
Business for Megee's 24-hour, seven days a week service has been nonstop.
"There's not enough adjectives to describe it -- we have been very very busy," said Pearce. "With both plumbing, with the recent cold, with freeze ups," the service manager said.
Some of the most common calls Millsboro's Schagrin Gas receives are for minor pipe fixes, according to customer service representative Marc Frye.
"The biggest thing is frozen condensate lines," said Frye. "It's a very simple thing but it happens all the time."
No matter how big or small the job it's a round-the-clock job for both of these companies to help people stay warm for the night and well into the early.
The reasons why people call in the middle of the night for HVAC or plumbing services varies, according to Pearce.
"Usually it's they're up, either going to bed and they just didn't realize it was that cold," said Pearce. "A lot of folks work that mid-shift. And we're there to take the call."
Weather forecasters report that the cold snap should taper off by next week when temperatures reach highs in the 40s and 50s.