Broken Pipe Damage & Cleanup

Some are still dealing with the effects of that hard and days- long freeze from over the weekend.

Bob Mills/Son's Home Flooded: "Trying to keep that mold out of the house."

Mills is just sick at the damage done to his son's home when a pipe burst Sunday afternoon.

"The house is just totaled nearly."

"He drove back into the driveway and seen water running out of the garage and the front door.  Come in the house and the ceiling had fallen in."

Larry Green/Service Master Disaster Restoration Manager: "We had to get all the flooring out.  We had to pull all the baseboards in the house, drill holes in the sheet rock behind the baseboards to get the wall cavities dried out.  The pipe where the attic, which most of the losses are, the pipes are in the attic or the crawl space that are freezing.  We had to remove all the wet insulation or wet ceilings that were falling.  We can dry the rest with air movers and dehumidifiers in the attic and in the house."

Mills: "I've heard some estimates on this anywhere from 25 to 35 thousand dollars.  You know, a lot of money."

There are some things you can do, though, to help possibly avoid all of this.

Keith Walser/LMP, Brian's Plumbing:  "Make sure your hosebibs are covered, that any exposed pipe is insulated and covered.  Make sure you have proper insulation in your walls and underneath your sinks and lavatories, and make sure if you do have a problem spot where stuff freezes, to open up the cabinet drawers and let the warmth of the house get in there and try to keep that warm."

Mills: "Be a couple of more weeks before they can start getting it back together."

Mills does remain hopeful that will happen thanks to Service Master crews and equipment working round the clock.

It's a disaster his family sure hopes to avoid in the future.


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