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Water Removal After Pipes Freeze in Chicago

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon figure heating a frozen pipe SERVPRO says to insulate your plumbing, don't use a hair dryer. Or, call us for freezing pipes causing water damage to your Chicago property.

A homeowner needs help with water removal in Chicago after water pipes freeze.

Cold weather can cause hardships for everyone, including our homes and commercial buildings. Freezing temperatures often cause water lines to freeze inside exterior walls that protect us from the low outdoor temperatures.

At this time of year, SERVPRO is helping clients with water removal in Chicago homes after water pipes thaw, spewing hundreds of gallons of water into living areas. Freezing pipes often cause the line to split, and the leak goes undetected for several hours or even days. We advise our neighbors to insulate any plumbing infrastructure exposed to the exterior or in a non-heated space.

What can you do until SERVPRO arrives?

When homeowners encounter this situation, there are several quick actions to take that can limit the amount of additional damage:

  • Turn off the main water intake valve to the building
  • Call SERVPRO for assistance
  • Avoid electrical hazards and slips and falls
  • Remove colored items from floors and furnishings to avoid color leaching out of the materials
  • Raise furniture off the floor by placing wood blocks under each leg
  • Gather and remove loose items from floors

Insulating exposed pipes can be beneficial in preventing frozen pipes. Our team can assist in removing excess water from floors and walls and drying all contents and structure. We can also help locate the source of the leak for your plumber to make repairs to the waterline, including thawing frozen pipes.

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for water removal services in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

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