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Cleaning Up After Pipes Burst

UPDATED -- Water restoration crews will be working around the clock Tuesday night. Some local schools have a huge mess left from the arctic blast.

The freezing temperatures caused water main breaks at Dennis Elementary and Springboro High School Tuesday afternoon. The water damage is so bad at Dennis Elementary, school is closed Wednesday so they can clean up the mess. Water lines at the school froze, causing the sprinkler system to rupture. Springboro High School had a similar issue, just not as bad.

"Unfortunately things like this happen, fortunately everyone is safe and ok," said Springboro Superintendent Todd Petrey.

Springboro wasn't the only area with pipe problems. A water main break in Riverside turned one neighborhood street into fast flowing creek.

"We're really expecting more to come as the temperatures warm and pipes start to thaw, they will continue to break," said PuroClean owner, Becky Edgren

Plumbers are working around the clock, repairing broken pipes. While water restoration crews geared up, to clean up.

"We've seen a lot of extensive damage from ceilings caving in, to carpets that are saturated, contents that are damaged," Edgren said.

If you're also dealing with busted pipes, there are a few things you can do while you wait for cleanup crews to come in. Move any furniture out of the affected room. If you can't do that, you can also take foil and wrap it around the legs of wooden furniture.

Water restoration specialists say most cleanups from pipes breaking take three days of constant drying, using industrial fans. They also warn against doing everything by yourself.

"A lot of times, three months down the road they'll end up with a mold problem, which is a lot more costly than what they're dealing with right now," Edgren said.

The superintendent expects Dennis Elementary to re-open on Thursday.


 
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