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Megan Lynch @MLynchOnAir
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Freezing and thawing this month are causing big problems for some St. Louis homeowners.

Catastrophic cleaning companies have been inundated with calls from homeowners facing a mess from burst pipes or from foundations leaking after a snow melt.

President of Bio Clean 911, John Denny, says if you’re not home to catch it, “6 inches to a foot of water standing in a basement… does unbelievable destruction.”

Denny says in a finished basement if damaged drywall and studs aren’t removed or dried out quickly, then a homeowner also faces serious issues with mold.

Denny tells KMOX the worst cold-related water damage he’s seen was a historic home in the Delmar Loop.   The homeowners were out of town during the first round of near zero temperatures.  “The furnace went out and the pipes supplying the radiators split or the radiators split — on all three floors.  The damage was astounding.”  Denny says the client was understandably devastated.  The home will have to be completely gutted.

A house that damaged also poses risks for Denny’s crews.  “The integrity of the floor comes to mind most of all.  The chance of falling through badly damaged floors on upper levels, that’s definitely a safety concern.” 

Denny says staff also has to watch for falling debris from compromised ceilings.

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