Frozen Pipe Water Damage Restoration
for Aurora, IL
One source of water damage that homeowners should watch out for is frozen and burst pipes. Below freezing temperatures in the winter can cause water within the pipes to freeze. The ice within the pipes will expand and the pressure from this will eventually cause the pipe to burst and spill water into the home. The water that spills out from a burst pipe can quickly cause serious water damage, making it important to respond quickly to clean up and restore the damage.
At ServiceMaster of Aurora, we provide frozen pipe water damage restoration to help affected homes and businesses in Aurora, IL. Our technicians are water damage restoration experts who can remove the water and ensure that the affected areas are dried.
How do Burst Pipes Happen?
There are several reasons a pipe may burst including damage or wear and tear to the pipe as well as improper installation of the pipe or fittings. The most common cause of a burst pipe, especially in the cold Chicago area winters, is frozen pipes.
When the outside temperature drops below freezing, frozen pipes are always a possibility. Pipes in uninsulated areas and within outside walls are the most vulnerable to freezing. Once the water within a pipe freezes, it is at risk of bursting as the ice expands and puts pressure on the pipe. When the pipe finally does burst, it can spill many gallons of water into the surrounding area very quickly, leading to extensive water damage.
It is important to take the following steps to prevent frozen and burst pipes during the winter:
- Turn your faucets on to allow a slow drip. This will help prevent frozen pipes by keeping the water moving.
- Insulate pipes in vulnerable areas using pipe insulation or electrical tape.
- Put a space heater in uninsulated areas like the attic or basement when the temperature drops. Be sure to follow the proper safety precautions when using space heaters.
- Open cabinet doors beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Turn off the water supply to the exterior of your home.
Burst Pipe Water Mitigation
As mentioned above, a lot of water can spill out from a burst pipe and flood the surrounding area of your property. If you experience a burst pipe, you need to shut off the water at the emergency shut-off valve and call our professionals right away.
Our technicians at ServiceMaster of Aurora can completely restore the water damage caused by a burst pipe. We use advanced equipment to extract the water and dry the affected materials, and we will restore the damage it caused. It is important to call us immediately to start the restoration because the water will continue spreading and getting absorbed into porous building materials and furnishings which can lead to structural damage and the appearance of mold.
Contact ServiceMaster of Aurora
If there is a pipe burst in your home, the water damage that results can be immense. Our professionals will immediately contain the spread of the water to limit the damage and restore your property back to its original state. Give us a call at (630) 896-0030 for emergency frozen pipe damage restoration in Aurora, IL.