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Burst Pipe Floods Basement Areas On the front page...Late Tuesday evening, June 26, the Clinical Center experienced one of the worst floods in its history when a water booster pump vibration eliminator on a chilled- water pipe burst and ran for 40 minutes before it was detected Leaking Toilet Base and stopped. 

The B1 and B2 levels of Bldg. 10 experienced significant flooding, including Medical Arts, the NIH Library lower level, Leaking Toilet Base the CC's materials management department's biomedical engineering and property management section, computer support services and linen service. No one was injured in the incident or in the remediation period in the weeks after the flooding.

A vibration eliminator is a rubber fitting that joins two pipes and keeps water flowing. The broken 8-inch pipe had 140 pounds of pressure on it, Leaking Toilet Base pumping 1,000 gallons of water per minute into the CC. Because the water pressure had backed up, it became so intense that the pipe failed. 

The pipe is fed from a pump sitting on the floor on a concrete slab; Leaking Toilet Base it transfers water to coils in the air-handling unit in the South entrance lobby.Continued...NIH Library The broken pipe was located in a utility room directly adjacent to the lower level of the NIH Library. 

Fortunately, Leaking Toilet Base recently installed compact shelves raised the level of the lowest tier of books and journals to 6 inches more than standard shelving. As a result, none of the 4 inches of standing water reached those items. Because of quick action to remove the soggy carpet and bring in dehumidifiers and fans, mold and mildew did not have time to develop. 

Staff from NLM's preservation section came to the library shortly after the flood to salvage some expensive foreign language dictionaries Leaking Toilet Base and scientific treatises used by the library's translations unit that were literally dripping wet. 

Access to the lower level and the print collections during the recovery process, the only major library service affected was document delivery, Leaking Toilet Base which fills about 500-600 requests each day for articles, primarily from print journals on the B1 level. 

Because of damage Leaking Toilet Base and safety concerns during the first 2 days after the flood, no document requests could be downloaded, let alone filled. However, after the elevator resumed operation, the document delivery team regrouped and was able to obtain articles from other sources until scanners were back in operation and it was safe to again work in the area affected by the flood.

Medical ArtsWater did not accumulate as much in the library because it seeped through the floor of B1 into the ceiling of B2 through the holes and cracks where utilities connect between floors, Leaking Toilet Base severely affecting NIH's Division of Medical Arts and Printing Services. 

About 50 percent of the division's equipment, including cameras, lenses, photography equipment, computers and graphic design supplies was destroyed Leaking Toilet Base and must be replaced. About 35 percent of medical arts staff worked from home in the days following the flood, while others temporarily relocated to offices within Bldg. 10 and 31. 

The TV operations center, which provides cable programming throughout the building, including to patient rooms, was turned off for about 5 hours on June 27 for water clean up, Leaking Toilet Base but sent its first transmission following the flood by 1 p.m. on June 28. The Center for Information Technology on July 2 rewired medical arts' staff phones to the temporary support area on the 14th floor. 

The date for medical arts' return to its B2 area is unknown at this time. BEIP Biomedical Engineering Instrumentation Leaking Toilet Base and Personal Property Management (BEIP) experienced a substantial loss of patient care-related equipment and supplies. 

A remediation crew and BEIP staff cleaned water from Rm. B2S245, removed damaged boxes and supplies, discarded soaked carpeting, installed dehumidifiers and fans Leaking Toilet Base and opened up the walls to allow water to drain. The housekeeping and fabric care department (HFCD) sanitized the floors before the walls were repaired and painted and the carpeting in the reception area replaced. 

Although the flood disrupted BEIP operations, Leaking Toilet Base all services critical to the CC were maintained by activation of the materials management department's emergency management plan and the partnership of all MMD sections.CC Linen ServicesAll linens stored in affected areas were sent out to be cleaned. 

Water was also removed from the scrubs storage area; scrubs contained there were replaced. HFCD estimates that it sustained $5,000 in losses, including sheets, towels, slippers, Leaking Toilet Base two computers with printers and clean-up time.DCRI Computer Support; CC's OFM

The CC department of clinical research informatics' B2L104 location housing several user support staff was practically destroyed. DCRI estimates it has lost more than 50 computers; Leaking Toilet Base the B2 office was a staging area for CC computer deployment, as well as storage for equipment provided to the nursing units. 

After about 4 days, all equipment from the area was removed and some salvaged. All furniture, Leaking Toilet Base carpeting and ceiling will be replaced and the walls will be surveyed for water damage - a process that will take at least 6 weeks. 

The CC's Office of Facility Management and the Duke University conference room were also flooded on the B1 level, but staff were able to work in place once the water was cleaned up Leaking Toilet Base and dehumidifiers dried out the area. STUDY FACTS:Power outages were the cause of 18% of water damage incidents involving a sump pump.

Another 40% of incidents were attributedto things such as a clogged inletscreen or a faulty float switch.LOSS PREVENTION AND MAINTENANCE TIPS Follow the manufacturer’s recommendationsfor sump pump Leaking Toilet Base maintenance. These vary from running the sump pump every 2 to 3 months to a yearly cleaning before the rainyseason.

To inspect the sump pump: Open the lid and remove debris that may beblocking the water inlet screen. Pour approximately 5 gallons of water into thepump and watch the float valve rise. As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on Leaking Toilet Base and the water should discharge through theoutlet pipe. Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe. 

Water should be flowing from the pipe and awayfrom the home. If the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection, Leaking Toilet Base contact a plumbing professional. Install a battery backup system. Choose a system with a battery replacement warning. Replace batteries every 2 to 3 years.

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