Frozen or Ruptured Water Pipes Cause Havoc

Winter months pose quite the challenge to both property and facility managers. Due to outrageous repair costs, one of the largest concerns is the water damage from frozen or ruptured water pipes.

On a cold February day, one property manager’s nightmare quickly became a reality, as a frozen water line ruptured in a housing complex, causing water to cascade from the 8th floor, all the way down to the lobby.  More than 40 units were affected, as well as corridors, stairwells, offices, server rooms, and storage closets, resulting in 50,000 square feet of damage, a complete power outage, and dozens of displaced families – all from one broken water line.

Woodard Is There When You Need Us

After learning more about the damages and displaced families, we immediately rounded up a crew of 20 restoration experts. Within a matter of hours, we were there to help.

Removing Water

Man fixing busted water pipeWorking in conjunction with other restoration companies, we began the process of removing standing water and debris (wet ceiling tiles, insulation, etc.), while assisting with content manipulation.

The Restoration Process

With the help of air movers, dehumidifiers, constant monitoring, and recording, we established a highly-progressive drying environment, making the space suitable for reconstruction services.

Benefits & Results

Partnering with other restoration professionals is a win-win for all involved when dealing with frozen or ruptured water pipes. With the help of additional resources, we quickly completed the restoration process, saving the property management team and insurance carriers thousands of dollars, and most importantly, we sent displaced families home much sooner than they originally anticipated.

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946, and is located in St. Louis, Missouri. With more than 65 years of experience, Woodard is proud to serve as a preferred provider of water, fire, and smoke restoration services for residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For more information, visit Woodard’s website, or call 314-227-3938


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