40 local apartments without heat and water

(WISH photo/Jay Hermacinski)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Cold weather misery for some Broad Ripple apartment renters who have been without heat and water for 25 days.

The complex is located on Carvel Road across from Broad Ripple High School and 40 units at the Carvel Apartments are affected.

The heating and water problems date back to the Jan. 5th snow storm. Several buildings in the complex lost power after a transformer blew. The boiler, which heats the buildings, shut down.

Pipes then froze and cracked, destroying the heating system.

“It’s just been frustrating as heck,” said Larry Dorfman of Dorfman Properties. “There are 100’s of feet of pipe, in ceilings, behind walls and we are hunting for all the places (where there are cracks in the pipes).  It’s easy when the water comes out of the ceiling.  But it is really hard when you can’t find a small leak someplace that is causing a problem or a vapor lock.”

Dorfman brought in a temporary boiler from Louisville.  It works and can pump hot water into the building.  But until crews can find and fix all of the broken pipes, the boiler can’t provide heat to the 40 affected units.

Dorfman says a small handful of tenants still live in the cold apartments.  They use space heaters to stay warm. A few renters were relocated to other properties.

“We are doing the best we can. A lot of people have left us. We understand that. We are not giving them any problems for breaking leases or anything like that. We are giving their deposits back so they can use that to move on,” Dorfman said.

Dorfman is hopeful the heat will be back on within a week. Then he can turn his attention to fixing the water problem. He says while the repairs continue, he won’t charge his clients rent.

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