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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Water main breaks have been a growing epidemic in Missouri and Illinois since temperatures hit below zero earlier this week.

The bursting pipes have lead to water gushing into area neighborhoods as well as homes, and one area company deals with cleaning up the mess left behind.

NewsChannel 5 reporter Ryan Dean spoke to Nick Matheny of ServPro in north St. Louis County Wednesday morning about their service calls and how homeowners can protect themselves from having a busted pipe this winter.