We are now in the time of year when frozen broken water pipes occur. When a pipe freezes, it does not leak immediately as the pipe needs to thaw before it actually leaks. Each of the photos below show pipes that froze , then broke and each one caused extensive damage as the owners were not home when they started to leak.

Frozen broken water pipe
Example of a frozen broken copper water pipe
Frozen broken water pipe
An example of a frozen broken braided water pipe

It’s important to call RESTORx right away so that we can professionally dry everything that is wet before significant damage and mold occurs. Mold is not the only concern for drying things quickly as carpet can delaminate, drywall can be ruined, hardwood floors can warp, and the moisture can wick into otherwise unaffected areas. In fact, if you delay getting it dried promptly, your Insurance Company can deny the loss. The best news is that your Insurance Company typically pays for frozen broken water pipe damage.

When we are called in to a water loss, we will identify what  is wet and what is not. We will move items out of the way if they are at risk of further damage. Then we extract as much water as we can immediately using special extraction equipment. This does not remove all of the moisture so we use specialized drying equipment to dry the remainder of the moisture. If we get called right away, we can normally get things dry within a few days with minimal damage.

*Due to the immediate response required for frozen broken water pipes, we are available 24/7 by calling 815.235.9606.*All the above information is trademarked and property of RESTORx. We feel it is the most current and accurate information available but we do not guarantee it be the only proper solution. Written by Stephen Gitz, CR, WLS, CMP


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