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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

SERVPRO Explains Which Pipes in Your Home Are at Risk of Freezing

As the winter months set in, and the climate changes, certain pipes in your home could be at a higher risk of freezing. When pipes freeze, they become liable to burst, because water expands and contracts as it freezes. The sudden change can cause the pipe to grow weaker and then eventually burst. So, how do you know "what pipes are [the] most susceptible to freeze?"

SERVPRO of Jefferson County explains that "pipes running up the exterior walls of the houses" are the most likely to come into contact with extreme temperatures, especially on "cold [and] windy days." Furthermore, "baseboard heating units [and] hot water heating units also tend to freeze and break." Now that you know which pipes are more likely to cause a problem, it is imperative for you to know what you should do if a pipe inside of your home does burst.

SERVPRO advises you to "always know where your water shut-off is. If there is a leak, you want to minimize the damage...after that, give SERVPRO a call. We can get it mitigated, get it dried out, to prevent future mold growth." However, it can be difficult to remember important information during times of an emergency, which is why the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile service was created.

It is important to be prepared for an emergency and the profile allows you to do just that. A profile can be created, at no additional cost, and allows you to store concise information about your residence, or business, which can greatly minimize time wasted during an emergency. An Emergency Ready Profile provides you with a set of instructions about what to do during an emergency, how you should do it, and who to call.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can get to work right away. Our IICRC-certified techs can bring advanced technology with them that is designed to clean up water and to clean it up as fast as possible. Equipment, such as extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and portable pumps are superior when it comes to removing stagnant water. Additionally, dehumidifiers, drying mats, air movers, and ventilation fans can be paired together to draw excess moisture out of the structure of your house and your belongings. SERVPRO always tries to return your home to its preloss condition, so you can feel "Like it never even happened."

If cold weather causes a burst pipe on your property, never linger on a decision for help. Contact and speak with SERVPRO of Jefferson County by phoning (315) 777-8377. Day or night, our techs are ready to help you.