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Winter Weather Bursts Pipes, Brings Flooding

 

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- As this week's deep freeze quickly thaws, it's making a mess out of many homes and businesses and keeping restoration crews busy.

 

"I would say, this January, so far, we're triple what we were last year at the same time period," said Ameri Pro Restoration owner Ron Brown.

While temps bottomed out at single digits earlier this week, Brown said his company got tons of burst pipe calls.

As this snow melts, those calls change to basement floods and sump pump fails. The company answered more than a dozen of those calls by Saturday afternoon. 

Over the past two weeks, Ameri Pro Restoration workers completed close to 40 projects, which is a night and day difference from the past.

"Last year we probably had three or four in the same period of time, so it really depends on the weather," Brown said.

This week so many calls came in, they placed people on waiting lists because there's not enough man power or equipment. The Ameri Pro Restoration shop typically houses more than 500 fans and about 50 dehumidifiers, but there's been so many jobs this week, Saturday the shelves stood bare.

"We've had all of our equipment out, all of our people out handling flooded homes, burst pipes, all those types of things," Brown said.

On top of floods and burst pipes, Brown prepares for ice dam problems as snow and ice build up on roofs. 

"That will back up underneath your shingles and that can cause water damage to your roof and your insulation and into your attic and possibly wet the inside of your house," he said. 

Brown said scrape the snow off your shingles and hope this warmer weather sticks around. Restoration crews believe burst pipes and basement flooding will remain an issue as long as the snow continues to melt and refreeze. 

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