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Frozen or Burst Pipes

January 15, 2018

Frozen or Burst Pipes

 

It’s early January with record low temperatures for 13 days straight! This prolonged type of cold weather causes all types of water damage.                                                                                                                                                      Broken or burst pipes are happening all over New England causing major water damage in homes, apartment buildings, colleges and businesses.                                                                                                                                  Displacing families interrupting daily business for a lot of folks.

This is just the beginning of the Winter season and there is still time to be proactive to prevent a burst or broken pipe in your home or building.

·         Know where your shut offs are and tag them!

·         Don’t turn your heat off when leaving your home or business. (We have received two calls for water mitigation from folks who shut off their heat while out of                                                                                                                 town for the weekend and returned to flooded home caused by a pipe breaking. ( In one case it not only flooded their unit but those of their neighbors).

·         Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to flow through.

  •   Leave faucets on a trickle to keep water flowing so it doesn’t freeze.

The next step is to call Pro-Care for emergency water damage services. We will ask if the leak has been located and water valve has been shut off and if you need plumbing services.                                                                                Try to take steps to stop further water damage such as move items (clothing, toys) off the floor.

The most important reason for drying your building quickly is to prevent mold growth.  If you do not have moisture mold will not grow!                                                                                                                                                          When water leaks indoors from any source act immediately to extract and dry. If wet materials are being dried within 24 to 48 hours, in most cases mold will not grow.

If you are in a water or mold damage situation and have questions regarding your restoration process, Pro-Care is on call and ready to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.                                                                                            With office locations in Hopedale and Woburn, MA and Hudson, NH we are ready to help you put your home or business back together.                                                                                                                                                              Call us on our emergency line any time of day at 781-933-7400.

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