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Huntsville Don't Let Your Water Pipes Freeze This Winter
As Huntsville temperatures drop, the likelihood of pipes freezing and resulting water damage increases
Don't Let Your Water Pipes Freeze This Winter
Everyone has had it happen. It's a cold day. You switch on the tap, and there's no water. Frozen pipes are frustrating. Then, you have to worry about how quickly they'll thaw out and what will happen when they do. As Huntsville temperatures drop, the likelihood of pipes freezing and water damage increases. It could happen at your home or your business, and it will probably occur at the most inconvenient time. Fortunately, there are measures that you can practice to protect your pipes from freezing weather.
Insulating water pipes is an excellent long-term solution to prevent water damage. Pipe blankets should be installed on hot and cold water lines. They block condensation and keep pipes from freezing. Pipe wraps also prevent heat loss, so they can save energy and help you reduce water heating costs, during those cold spells in Huntsville.
Weatherizing your home is another way to save energy and protect your pipes from water damage. Insulate crawlspaces. Install vapor barriers, and caulk small cracks and gaps where cold air enters. Pay extra attention to areas where pipes and utility lines pass through the foundation. Use a faucet cover which covers and safeguards outdoor faucets from freezing.
Good habits will also keep your pipes safe on the coldest nights. Listen to local weather reports for the Huntsville area. If temperatures are anticipated to drop below freezing, prepare your plumbing for the cold weather.
Opening your faucets during cold weather is one of the most effective and dependable ways to prevent frozen pipes and water damage. Ordinarily, you'll have the best results if you turn on faucets that are furthest away from the water main. You might also want to turn on faucets in cold areas that are prone to freezing in your Madison County neighborhood.
Pipes that pass through crawlspaces, cupboards and unheated areas are especially vulnerable. You can buffer temperatures by opening cupboards under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. On extremely cold nights, you can protect your plumbing by covering crawlspace vents and reopening them the next day.
If your pipes do solidify, it's important to follow the correct thawing procedure. Always open the tap before warming the area. Never pour hot water over pipes or use direct heat sources. Burst pipes are caused when steam builds up as the blockage thaws. Then, you have to deal another problem and call a professional to repair the pipe and clean up the mess from water damage. If a pipe does burst this winter, our SERVPRO of North Huntsville water damage specialists can help provide fire and water damage restoration services.
. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Disaster, storm and flood damage
- Mold Damage
Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville @ (256) 534-1177 for all your fire and water damage restoration services.
For Immediate Service in Huntsville, Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville
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Huntsville Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!
SERVPRO of North Huntsville provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Huntsville. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
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Whether your Huntsville home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Huntsville commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
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Washing Machine Hoses
Old washing machine hose
About 4 years ago you bought a new washer and dryer. The new machines were delivered and set up. For the past 4 years everything has been working fine. Your neighbor had a SERVPRO truck at her house a few days ago. When you see your neighbor the next time she tells you a washing machine hose burst and her basement was flooded.
This happens more often than you might think. Rubber washing machine hoses are in danger of failing after they are 5 years old. The chances of a failure go up with each year after 5 years is reached. Rather than waiting for an old hose to burst, here are a few proactive steps that can be taken to lessen the chances of coming home to a flooded basement.
Replace your rubber hoses regularly. An accepted rule of thumb is to replace rubber washer hoses every 5 years. To make this replacement time easy to remember replace your hoses every leap year.
Stainless steel braided hoses are more durable and longer lasting than rubber hoses. Stainless hoses will be a little more costly than rubber, but the piece of mind will be well worth the investment.
Emergency shutoff kits can be a good choice. These systems are designed to detect leaks and shut the water off before the leak becomes a flood. Just like the stainless hoses, a few extra dollars is well worth the piece of mind.
If a hose does burst and the basement or laundry room floods SERVPRO of North Huntsville is ready to help. We have the equipment to get the water out, dry the floor and walls and get your house back in order. Remember with SERVPRO we make it, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of North Huntsville does Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup
SERVPRO is recognized and respected as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies nationwide. SERVPRO professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard, crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health problems for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely dispose of such hazardous materials can contribute to unhealthy, unsanitary and even dangerous conditions. Police and fire departments to not perform cleanup for biohazards or crime scene areas.
SERVPRO of North Huntsville has professionals that are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal in compliance with OSHA, EPA, state and local health regulations. Our technicians are equipped with specialized safety equipment and cleaning products to return affected areas into safe clean places for your family, co-workers and customers.
Post Construction Clean-Up
Post Construction clean-up
Post construction clean-up is another service that SERVPRO of North Huntsville offers. It could be as big whole commercial building or as small as a kitchen remodel in your home.
What we do to make it as good as new:
*Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep
*Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
*Air Duct Cleaning
* Debris Removal
Why not leave the heavy lifting and cleaning to the Pro’s here at SERVPRO Of North Huntsville!!!
What to do when you have a "Clean Water Damage"
What to do/ What Not to do
What to Do:
- Shut off the source of water if possible, or contact a qualified plumbing technician to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Pin up upholstered furniture skirting to keep off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
What Not To Do:
- Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Do not enter effected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items that may cause staining on wet carpet or floors.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damaging the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixture if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.