Water Damage from Burst Pipes
During the winter months in Canada, temperatures fluctuate all over the place, rising and falling above and below the freezing mark.
Unfortunately for us home and property owners, this can pose a serious threat – burst water pipes.
Burst pipes are caused when the water running through the plumbing lines freezes and builds up with ice. When the water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the inside of the pipe. Eventually over time, this can cause the pipe to burst and cause major damage within the property.
Due to our overpopulated communities and crowded plumbing systems; burst pipes have become more and more common. The amount of damage caused from burst pipes can be very extensive and cause a large amount of money to repair the damages. In most cases, insurance will cover this loss so ensure to have proper property insurance to cover your losses.
How to prevent Burst Pipes:
- Insulate whatever pipes you can - Given that the pipes run through the walls, flooring and ceiling, it can be hard to know if they are properly insulated or not. Best practice is to bring in an insulation company who can check the walls and ceilings to see if there is proper insulation using an infrared camera. The can also check your attic space to ensure that there is proper insulation, keeping as much warm air inside the property as possible.
- Turn off any water sources that are not being used (ie. Unoccupied spaces, garages, exterior plumbing lines). Drain the water from the lines and turn off the water tap. If going away for vacation – ensure to turn off the water, otherwise have someone come to check the property from time to time to ensure there are no damages. Insurance will not cover your losses if you have gone away and had no one checking on the property.
- Ensure to heat your property to a proper temperature – this will help the lines from freezing.
- If you are aware of any leaks currently in your property, make sure to get fixed. Your weakened pipe is a prime area for a burst pipe to happen.
- Ensure any exterior pipes are dug deep enough into the ground. The ground freezes from the top down so you want to ensure they are deep enough to avoid freezing.
What to do if you have a burst pipe:
- Shut off the water source to prevent any further damage.
- Call your #1 Water Damage Specialists, Canada’s Restoration Services.
At Canada’s Restoration Services, we have years of experience when it comes to dealing with water damage from burst water pipes. We specialize in water extraction, structural drying, material removal and rebuilding your home back to it’s original state.
We can be onsite within 90 minutes, starting the drying process and getting rid of all the excess water. Our certified technicians have the knowledge and training to handle any size damage – the quicker and faster we get to work; the less secondary damage will occur.
A plumber will be required to fix the damaged pipes - we have a vast network of plumbers that we can assist to come in and fix.
With our advanced technology, we can see damages that are not even visible to the human eye; humidity/moisture readings and thermal imaging guns; ensuring that all damages are looked after.
Water Extraction Drying Equipment Thermal Imaging
If moisture is left or not cleaned up on time – mold growth will start to grow, causing even more damages and possible health affects to those affecting.
At Canada’s Restoration Services, we are also Mold Removal Specialists and are properly trained and certified to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe from it’s harm.