Contractor Jaret Horbatiuk and his homemade thawing machine is trying to help out a Provencher Boulevard chocolate maker.
Horbatiuk’s crew is at Chocolatier Constance Popp this morning, attempting to do what city officials say can’t be done — thaw frozen pipes using a stream of warm water.
"This is the last one we’re going to do (for free)," Horbatiuk said. "After this, we’re taking names and appointments."
Horbatiuk is the small contractor who improvised a high-pressure thawing machine that uses water last week and restored water service to an Evanson Street home.
City officials have disputed that the water method is effective on lines frozen underneath city streets – despite their own crews doing this to the Pyramid Cabaret earlier this month and a local business, Magikist, which manufacturers the machines just for that purpose.
In today’s Free Press, there is a photo of a city worker using a high-pressure water machine to thaw the frozen pipes of a Transcona pet shop.
Horbatiuk said he doesn’t know how long it will take to restore water service to the Provencher Boulevard chocolate maker.