Burst pipes can quickly lead to water and mold damage
February 22, 2021

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Michiana experienced 16 consecutive days of freezing temperatures this month, with temperatures bottoming out at -3°F on Feb. 17.

While the sunshine is returning and bringing warmer weather with it, not everyone is out of the woods yet — especially when it comes to mold growth.


Although cold temperatures generally cause objects to contract, water is one exception. When water freezes inside a pipe, the ice expands and causes a clog which can greatly increase the water pressure.

Homes and businesses across Michiana have experienced burst pipes over the past few weeks as temperatures remained below freezing for an extended period of time. But even after the pipe is repaired and the flooded water is removed, damage may still be present in the form of mold.


The best way to avoid a burst pipe is to ensure the plumbing in your home is adequately insulated. If temperatures drop before you have a chance to protect your pipes, a quick solution is to turn on faucets to allow a slow and steady trickle of water. The flowing water won’t have a chance to freeze, meaning the pressure won’t build up inside the pipe.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, you can try thawing yourself before it bursts. Locate the frozen area of pipe and apply a gentle but steady heat source, like a hairdryer or heating pad, to the pipe. Never attempt to pour boiling water down the drain in an attempt to thaw the pipes, as the quick change in water temperature is more likely to cause a burst.

Often, frozen pipes are difficult to access as they are behind walls or in crawl spaces. In this case, the best solution is to contact a plumber as soon as possible to help thaw the area and install insulation.


When you encounter a burst pipe, the first step is to shut off the water supply immediately. If you live in an apartment complex or a rental home, let your landlord or building manager know that you’re experiencing a water emergency. Depending on where the pipe bursts, you may need to also shut off power so that water doesn’t reach electrical sources.

Next, you’ll want to contact a plumber and a water restoration company.

You may be able to remove some of the standing water on your own, but the water you can’t see is even more important. A water restoration company can help remove any water that has soaked into your carpet pad, insulation in your walls or other areas near the burst pipe.


Mold can form within 24 hours of a burst pipe, so thorough water restoration is essential in these situations.

Mold may not be visible, so if you suspect any lingering water damage, contact Restoration 1 of Michiana for a free inspection. Our team of expert technicians will test the area for mold spores to dentify any hidden mold growth and moisture.

Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects including stuffy nose, wheezing and red or itchy eyes. Some people, including those with asthma or allergies, are more likely to be sensitive to mold. People with immune suppression or underlying lung disease or more susceptible to fungal infections and are likely to experience difficulty breathing when exposed to mold.

Even if you had a professional visit your home or business to repair the burst pipe, it is important to have an independent mold expert assess the area to ensure no lingering toxins exist.

Contact Restoration 1 of Michiana to set up your free inspection today.

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