A burst pipe leading to flooding within the school can mean a free pass for students, but other than that, there’s not a lot to celebrate about this occurrence. For one, this means an interruption in the regular schedule, affecting not just the students but the faculty as well. Two, it means huge costs for repair, especially if the water damage is extensive.
This was the very scenario that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) had to suffer back in July. According to the report from BBC News, the faulty pipe—which sent as much as 20 million gallons of water into UCLA—was located on Sunset Boulevard, north of the campus.
[S]pokesman Jeff Bray told reporters the location of the leak – at the juncture of two large pipes – was “creating a lot of complexity.” In addition, at least two valves were leaking nearby.
The leak has not affected water service elsewhere in the city, but UCLA facilities vice-chancellor Kelly Schmader said “significant damage” had been done to six buildings on campus.
Given the function of the buildings, it was important to get it dried and repaired at the soonest possible time. Otherwise, everyone housed in those buildings will have their affairs hindered on account of the flood. Fortunately, the crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worked tirelessly to repair the broken lines, allowing Sunset Boulevard to reopen in just a little under a week later. As for the university, repairs were also put on high gear, especially the sports courts at the Pauley Pavilion, which unfortunately required a full replacement of its floors.
It’s not just big universities that can be affected by broken pipes and subsequent water damage, however. Commercial and private properties alike all suffer when the structure is inundated with flood and, consequently, mired with the problems left behind by the event. That is why immediate response must be made in order to prevent, or at least mitigate, damage.
Those suffering from water damage in Arcadia and other areas in California will be relieved to know that there are companies that are available to do repairs ‘round the clock, 24/7, such as Water Damage Pros. Because there is no telling when a pipe will break in your home or office, it would be wise to have easy contact to them.
There’s no need to suffer from the damage that flooding can wreak on your property. For repairs in water damage in Manhattan Beach or elsewhere in the Golden State, don’t hesitate to call on efficient technicians and drain that water damage problem right out.
(Source: Los Angeles flood hits university, BBC News)