A recent Star Tribune article reports on the flood that hit a posh Minneapolis residential complex in the Elliot Park neighborhood as a result of a broken main water pipe. Prompt action averted what could have been more serious damage, although the lower part of the building was substantially inundated.

The cause of the break was not clear Sunday but Laible said breaks can sometimes be related to shifting soil or weather.

The pipe, which was laid before 1900, had no history of breakage. Sunday’s incident was the first, he said.

Shortly after the water came rushing out, workers were able to isolate the break and shut off the water valves in as small an area as possible.

It was not known Sunday how much water spilled due to the break or a damage estimate, Laible said.

Sunday afternoon, large hoses continued to pump water out of the basement and first level of the Sexton building. It was unclear how many people had to leave their condos and apartments because of the break or when they will be able to return.

Floods can be quite destructive and detrimental to residential and commercial tenants. The resulting damage to carpets can be quite costly to repair. Fortunately, rather than replace carpets that are in otherwise good condition, one can tap the help of companies such as ServiceMaster Clean® that have proven their expertise in dealing with water damage in Minneapolis.

Waterlogged appliances will, unfortunately, cease to work, although that’s not the only problem building occupants have to deal with in the aftermath of a flash flood. The excess moisture created also allows toxic mold to proliferate, thereby affecting indoor air quality and posing various health hazards such as allergies, asthma attacks, and lung infections. Flooding in business premises not only results in loss of revenue but also threatens to destroy equipment and/or merchandise.

It may be costly to have new carpets installed. Fortunately, rather than op for a full-on carpet replacement, Minneapolis water damage cleaning professionals can dry and clean your carpets before they are ruined beyond repair. You can likewise rely on experts such as ServiceMaster Clean® for routine or emergency cleaning services for your house or residential complex, especially in areas like ducts and vents where moisture is likely to accumulate the most. You certainly don’t need to start from scratch when you can rely on these quality services.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Water main break floods Sexton Lofts, Star Tribune, October 20, 2013)