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How To Dry Out a Building After a Pipe Break

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Take Measures To Fix A Broken Pipe

Bursting pipes are a leading cause of water damage. Although a broken supply line releases clean, treated water, the condition of water starts to degrade as soon as it comes into contact with building materials or contents or starts pooling in a structure. Within 24 to 48 hours of a pipe break at a building in Gleneagle, CO, the owner or manager should take measures to fix broken pipe and achieve fast drying.

Extract Standing Water
Standing water poses a wide range of structural and broader safety risks to the occupants of a building. The primary damage caused by a broken pipe is considered relatively minor, but conditions can rapidly degrade through the following categories:

  • Category One clean water
  • Category Two gray water
  • Category Three black water

A recent pipe break or other damage involving clean water only requires drying. Water from a burst pipe that traverses more than one floor of a structure is considered Category Two water damage, or gray water. Water left standing can become highly contaminated Category Three black water. Remove contaminated water as soon as possible.

Lower Humidity Levels
Elevated air moisture levels after water damage can increase the risk of secondary damage. Moisture can increase the risk of mold growth following an incidence of bursting pipes, and can also cause building materials to degrade. A dehumidifier can discourage fungus growth, rot and rust.

Generate Air Currents
Drying can be sped up by increasing airflow through the damp portion of a structure. Restoration professionals who specialize in water damage may operate industrial air movers or fans for up to several days.
A structure that has suffered damage from one or more bursting pipes can benefit from expert water damage cleanup and restoration. A fast and thorough cleaning job reduces the risk of secondary damage at a commercial building located in Gleneagle, CO.

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