Lisa Scottoline recently wrote in her Philly.com column, “Chick Wit“, about an unfortunate event that unfolds on Christmas Eve 2009.
Scottoline recounts purchasing a new TV for her home and hiring an electrician as the installation of it required rewiring the electricity. Soon after the electrician begins his work in the basement, he emerges upstairs and reports to Scottline a pipe burst in the radiant heating of her home: the sub-floor was soaked, the insulation was wet and falling apart, and the area was flooded.
This notice began a chain of events that most don’t want to deal with-let alone on Christmas Eve. A plumber had to be called to do emergency work, followed by an HVAC tech. The HVAC tech was able to turn off the rain of water, but the plumber had to come back in to finish the repairs.
The plumber made it out a few days later, on New Year’s Eve, and told Scottoline she needs to call an “emergency water-damage company or (she) could have a ‘microbial problem’.” This microbial problem meant mold.
The “water-damage” company was able to make it Scottoline’s home quickly on the same day and they began remediating the flooded crawlspace. They took out the insulation and installed equipment to eliminate the moldy flood waters. A dehumidifier was also placed strategically in the home to make sure everything was properly dried so mold would not spread or re-grow.
Scottoline reports her biggest concerns in this ordeal were the noise of the dehumidifier and the though of having moldy water in her home.
Questions that others might have wondered: How did the pipe burst? How can I prevent this incident from happening again?
It’s not uncommon for pipes to break during the winter months.
“Water-damage” companies are very expedient in their services and have trained professionals that know what to do to solve the current problem and prevent future ones from happening.