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January 8, 2015 4:45 am
Each winter, frozen and burst pipes result in billions of dollars in property damage for homeowners. Aside from water wreaking havoc, environmental organization Clark Sief Clark (CSC) cautions that other issues, such as mold, can also add to mounting costs for repairs.
As water freezes, it expands and can put tremendous pressure on both metal and plastic pipes. If a pipe does break, supply lines can easily release hundreds of gallons or more of water each day. This water will gradually make its way to the lowest elevation it can reach – second floor incidents, for example, can cause water damage on lower levels of the property, including basements and crawl spaces.
Along with the destruction caused by broken pipes to materials and furnishing, mold can also quickly begin to grow in damp conditions. The presence of mold can impact the indoor air quality, triggering everything from allergies to asthma. Some types of mold are even known to cause infections in people with weak immune systems.
“In addition to concerns over the presence of mold in a property that has suffered damage due to a burst pipe, many older properties still contain asbestos and lead-based paints that can be an issue for anyone in the area during cleanup and repair activities,” says Franco Seif, CSC.
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