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Water damage is one of the most common causes of insurance claims for homeowners, and cold-weather related water damage is no exception. With a vast array of causes from dripping pipes to all-out flooding, the damage from water can range from a minor nuisance to complete destruction. When water isn't properly and immediately mitigated it has the potential to cause additional problems such as electrical hazards and microbial growth. When you find yourself faced with water damage, no matter the size, you can count on the experts at ServiceMaster Restore of Lynchburg. Professional advice and years of experience are only a phone call away.
Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of damage to a property after water-related damage. Water works quickly and efficiently to cause destruction in your home. We're ready to act even faster to help you prevent additional damages and costs. In wintertime, the mitigation process remains the same, but we also work with your local plumber to help ensure that your pipes are less likely to freeze again in the future.
Water damage can be caused anytime water enters your home where it shouldn't be. Some of the most common causes of water damages are:
No matter the cause, immediate mitigation is the key to reducing the damage to your home, and at ServiceMaster® we're always ready to take on that task. Our rapid response team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to immediately respond to your emergency water damage ensuring the most thorough and efficient restoration possible.
The faster the response to a water damage, the more likely we are to be able to salvage and restore your floors, walls, and priceless possessions. The certified technicians on our rapid response team offer decades of field experience to come into your home with the knowledge, confidence, and proven water remediation techniques that will have you on the way to recovery. Our expert team will guide you every step of the way from the first phone call to the last piece of furniture put back into place, so you'll know you're in excellent and caring hands from start to finish.
Leaving sink cabinet doors ajar allows warm air to circulate around the pipes to help keep them from freezing. Wrapping pipes near exterior walls will also help protect them from freezing.
Infrared heat lamps or space heaters can gently thaw frozen pipes if you notice frost accumulation. Be careful not too heat the pipes to aggressively, though, as that may cause them to burst as well. Remember never to leave a heat source unattended to avoid fires.
Pipes running along exterior walls are prone to freezing and bursting during cold weather, especially when it's very windy. Unlike cold climate states, basements in Virginia actually are less vulnerable to frozen pipes. It's the cold winds that are the most dangerous for our plumbing systems.
Temperatures 20 degrees Fahrenheit or less, sustained for 3 days or more, are likely to cause frozen pipes. If the weather is also windy, any temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit can also create a frozen pipe situation.
Inexpensive styrofoam spigot covers go a long way to prevent the adjacent plumbing from freezing, as well as draining any water from those faucets after shutting off their water supply inside the building. Most homeowners forget this important step, only to have their basements or crawl spaces flood in the spring when they turn their outdoor faucets on for the first time after winter.