Broken Pipes – The Bane of Homeowner, Tenant, and Landlord Alike
Winter is in full swing, and every year that means one thing – pipes are breaking all over the place, flooding homes and businesses, and causing millions of dollars of damage. A Google News search for “broken pipes” reveals the havoc wrought in both places you would expect, like Laconia, PA, Detroit, MI, and Green Bay, WI, and in some you wouldn’t, like, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Baton Rouge, LA… and that’s all from the last 10 days! Fortunately, emergency water extraction and water damage remediation companies are standing by nationwide to clean up the mess.
Why does the cold cause all this chaos?
It’s no surprise that our plumbing doesn’t stand up well to freezing and thawing, given it’s one of the most powerful natural forces around – the same process response that turns mountains into sand. But why does a freeze cause so much damage? It comes down to density. Water is less dense in its solid state than it is as a liquid. In its natural state, this can be very advantageous. It’s the reason that ice forms on top of a lake and not on the bottom. However, when that water is inside a pipe, the expansion resultant from its freezing breaks the pipe. Then, when the temperature warms and the water inside the pipe thaws, you’ve got a leak.
24/7 emergency water extraction
As soon as a pipe breaks, the clock starts ticking. The faster the problem is addressed, the better chance there is that the damage can be minimized. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency water extraction services. Our experienced technicians use the most up to date equipment and technology to give you the best possible water damage remediation services.
It’s also a good idea to check on the pipes at your home or business after a hard freeze. The sooner you are aware of any problems, the better.