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Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter
Prevention is Key to Preventing a Pipe From Freezing
Winter is here, and in the Chicagoland area that means cold weather and other problems for you home. One of the main problems during this cold season is frozen pipes. It is easier to prevent pipes from freezing rather than cleaning up after they have frozen. SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest will always be there to clean up the damage from a broken pipe, but lets stop it before it gets there.
Why Are Frozen Pipes A Problem?
Frozen pipes can be a problem because they block water flow to the affected outlets which poses a problem in itself. But worse than that, when water freezes, it expands which means that a frozen pipe can burst sending ice and water to surrounding surfaces like drywall. Fixing and cleaning up after burst pipe can be very expensive.
Preventing A Pipe From Freezing
Their a steps to preventing pipes from freezing:
*Shut off outdoor outlets such as sprinklers and open the valve to drain out the water.
*Check your home for pipes that may run through an outside wall and insulate those pipes.
*Insulate parts of the home that are cold like the basement.
*Call a plumber that can help spot vulnerable pipes and offer alternative solutions.
Dealing With And Preventing Ice Dams
The cause of ice dams.
What Is An Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceiling, insulation and other areas.
What Causes Ice Dams?
There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof and, at the same time, portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32 degrees while lower surfaces are below 32 degrees. The snow on a roof's surface that is above 32 degrees will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32 and and freezes thus causing an ice dam. The ice grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it. The water backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and destroy those areas.
Remove snow from the roof, eliminating the key ingredient to ice dams. A "roof rake" and a push broom and be used to remove snow. In an emergency situation where the water is already flowing into the home, make channels through the ice dam which allows water behind the dam to drain off the roof. This is a temporary solution.
Here To Help
SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest is here to help 24 hours a day. 708-483-8636
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration.
What to Expect
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
*Your name and contact information
*Your insurance information (if applicable)
*The street address of the water-damage home or business
*When did the flooding or water damage occur?
*What caused the water damage (if known)?
*Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest
SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at the SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property
Chicago Summer's Can Produce Heavy Rains
A flooded street after a micro burst of rain.
As the heat of the summer continues in the Chicago area, be ready for bursts of rain that can cause flooding. If flooding does occur, the water is considered contaminated then you will need an expert like SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest to come out and remediate the situation. Here are some tips if flooding or other contaminated water finds its way into your home or office:
*Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash you hands thoroughly after any contact.
*Do not walk through the contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
*Do not use household fans to dry the structure as air flow could spread contaminants.
*Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene that came in contact with contaminants.
When you have a water damage due to flooding, call SERVPRO of Oak Park-River Forest immedicately, 708-483-8636.