Winter is rapidly approaching, and now is the best time to prepare your home or business for the coming months. Ensuring your plumbing system is working efficiently and repairing any water damage is one of the most important tasks to accomplish before winter. Leaky pipes are often one of the leading causes of mold growth and water damage at any time of the year, but changes in temperature and indoor atmosphere during the winter can increase these symptoms. ServiceMaster by Knipper provides professional water damage restoration in Dyersville, IA, if your pipes are leaking for any of the following reasons:
Freezing: In the winter, freezing temperatures can cause serious water damage if your pipes are allowed to have continued exposure to this kind of environment. When the liquid in your pipes freezes, it expands and pushes out against the pipe structure, often leading to cracked or burst pipes that will leak when unfrozen. If your pipes have been exposed to temperatures below freezing, it may be time to replace those you suspect of damage. If your pipes burst this winter from exposure to cold, our water damage restoration technicians can reverse the damage done and return your home or business to pre-loss conditions.
Corrosion: Over time, exposure to moisture and other corrosive materials can degrade your pipes. A variety of materials may cause chemical reactions with the metal, plastic, or ceramic that most pipes are made from, and in many cases, these reactions weaken the structure of a pipe. Rusted or otherwise corroded pipes will often have points of leakage, and this can cause even more problems to the surrounding environment if not remediated with water damage restoration.
Clogging: Plumbing that runs from the drains in your building will often collect debris passing through. Even slowly, particles of hair, food, grease, and soap can clog a pipe. If your pipes have a clog, it’s likely they will begin to leak and could cause severe water damage if left without proper attention. Our restoration teams frequently see water damage problems from clogged, leaking pipes.
Movement: Buildings will inevitably shift slightly as the earth beneath them naturally moves. This shifting will also move around the parts inside, including plumbing systems. Your pipes, however, weren’t designed to move around and connections between pipes or the structure of a single pipe can be damaged with this motion. If your home is over ten years old, it’s possible you may have leaky pipes from building movement.
Your pipes may also leak due to changes in water pressure, age, or other sources of damage from physical force. Don’t wait to fix leaky pipes and water damage before the winter. Contact ServiceMaster by Knipper today at (866) 999-1980 for more information about our comprehensive water damage restoration in Dyersville, IA.