How To Help Protect Your Pipes From Freezing
When water pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and allow the thawed water to leak. A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your home and furnishings.
Knowing what to do in the event of a burst water pipe can limit the damage. Here are some tips:
- Turn off the water at the main stop tap as soon as you notice a leak. You can usually find it under the kitchen sink where the service pipe comes in, so make sure you know where it is in case of emergency.
- If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
- Drain the cold water system by turning on all your cold taps.
- Turn off any water heating system, such as central heating or immersion heaters, and then drain the hot water system by turning on the hot taps.
- Switch off the electrical mains if you think the water may have leaked near your electrics or electrical appliances. However, if the mains switch is wet DO NOT TOUCH IT.
- Call a plumber to fix the leaking water pipe.
- Call an electrician if you think your electrical wiring may have been damaged by the water. Never underestimate the dangers associated with electricity, especially when mixed with water!
- A burst pipe can be particularly dangerous if water leaks through for some time before you notice. In that case, the water may have caused structural damage that could result in collapsed ceilings or weakened walls. If the ceiling is bulging, be careful because it may not be safe.
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to burst pipes. You can take some simple measures to stop your pipes from freezing.
- If you are going away during very cold weather, set the heating to come on for fifteen minutes a couple of times a day.
- Replace an old boiler with a more modern one with a frost protect thermostat that turns on automatically if the temperature falls to a certain level.
- Insulate your pipes and the sides of your water tanks.
- Fix dripping taps because they block the pipes if the water freezes.
- If you notice a water pipe starting to freeze, thaw it slowly and carefully with a hairdryer or heat gun. Start at the end of the pipe and open the tap if there is one.
A little expense now to protect your water pipes from the cold can save you a great deal of expense later.
Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter
Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter In Stafford/Missouri City
Winter is on it's way, frozen pipes in your Stafford/Missouri City home are a problem. First and foremost because they block water flow to the affected outlets which can bring your home to a screeching halt causing expensive and permanent damage. SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here to help you understand why prevention is key.
When water freezes, it expands, causing an abundant amount of pressure to the interior of the pipe. In many cases this will cause the pipe to burst. This issue won't just lead to a replaced pipe. You will have to fix the surrounding materials as well, such as drywall and insulation.
Don't let this happen to you. SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here to assist. Plumbers can then add insulation sleeves to the pipe and adjust things such as the water heater to keep the water warm. Don't let this plumbing issue cause you stress and discomfort in your home. This is why SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here, just a phone call away.
What Can SERVPRO® Do For You?
What does SERVPRO® do?
SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City is one of the 1,700+ Franchises nationwide. We are a leader in the restoration and mitigation industry. We take pride in being faster to any size disaster. Listed below is what types of services SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City can provide.
- Residential Services
- Commercial Services
Within these services SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City can help assist you in emergency needs or just casual cleaning. In our residential services SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City provide assistance in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, and cleaning services. In our commercial services we provide commercial water damage restoration, commercial fire damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, commercial cleaning services, commercial storm and major event assistance.
What To Do And Not Do After Storm Damage.
Damage from tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding rivers and backed up sewage are tough to clean up. Your first view of the muddy mess mixed with contaminated floodwater and debris can leave you feeling overwhelmed not knowing where to start –or if it’s even safe to begin the cleaning process. Storm damage in Houston can be a tricky business, and we know this because it’s our business.
At SERVPRO of Stafford and Missouri City, we're THE professionals for storm cleanup and flood damage restoration. As the experts, we’d like to share with you the do’s and don’ts of storm damage cleanup. Following these tips will help to speed up the recovery process as well as keep you safe.
Do Call to Your Insurance Agent. As soon as your out of immediate danger and have contacted friends and family to let them know you’re safe, call your insurance agent. They will guide you through the next steps in filing a flood damage claim. They may also provide you with a preferred flood damage restoration company that offer services that are covered by your policy. SERVPRO is the preferred water damage restoration provider for most insurance companies.
Do Contact the Remediation Professionals. If not already directed by your insurance agent, or If you can’t get a hold of them right away, call a trusted water damage restoration and mold remediation company. Remediation involves taking steps to prevent further mold damage, complete flood cleanup and sanitization, and restoration of your property to pre-flood condition. Stafford SERVPRO does all this and more!
Do Protect Yourself and Your Family. Severe weather can bring all sorts of dangers into your home, so it’s critical that you are careful upon first entering to survey the damage. Return only if it’s been deemed safe to do so and be extremely cautious. Wear protective clothing to minimize your exposure to toxic black water and jagged debris. Toss out any food that was touched by water –even canned goods. Document your losses by taking photos and listing all the damaged items. If you are working with SERVPRO, we will do this for you.
Don’t Turn On The Your Utilities Until You Get The All Clear. Because of the risk of potentially life-threatening situations, don’t turn on your water, gas, or electricity until you've gotten the okay from the fire department or other authority. During times of severe weather, city officials or the fire department will shut off the utilities for safety reasons. Don’t try to override this precaution.
Don’t Use Electronics in Moist Environments. The risk of electrocution is high with flooding and the uncertainty that the power has been shut off. If you think the electricity is still on, do not enter any flooded or damp areas, and wait until the water damage is completely dry before using electronics.
Don’t Use Fabrics or Furniture Until They Are Properly Cleaned. Anytime you have water damage there is a risk of a mold infestation. Mold is not only destructive to your home and personal items, but it can also cause health problems for sensitive individuals. Be sure to have all water damaged items professionally dried and disinfected before you use them.
Severe weather is common in our area, and Stafford SERVPRO wants to make sure that our neighbors stay safe even after the storm. We are honored to be the preferred service provider for many national insurance companies and hundreds already served in Fort Bend County. Call us whenever disaster strikes; we serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Foreclosed Home Cleanup in Stafford Texas
Let Us Help With Your Investment!
You have bought that foreclosed home in Missouri City only to discover there are mold and trash everywhere inside ... who do you call to help you clean up all that filth?
SERVPRO that is who you call!
Not only are we experts at cleaning and eliminating mold and trash, but we also have experience helping out even the most seasoned of real estate home or building flippers.
We can help with a bunch of different tasks ranging from a simple patch and mud job to total reconstruction of an unsafe dwelling.
Let the company that has been helping investors and teams all along the Stafford area for years give you the peace of mind that your investment in a foreclosed unit will be looking great and be structurally sound in no time!
Call SERVPRO the next time you buy that foreclosed property!
Why Is There Mold In My Stafford Home?
It's never too late!
You do not know you have mold unless it is too late!
Your best bet for not finding mold in your Stafford, Texas home is to make sure you do not have excess water or moisture issues in your home.
If left untreated a water leak or excess moisture situation can turn into mold growth as quick as 48 hours. Especially down here in the Missouri City area when conditions are almost always warm and humid, mold loves that environment!
If you suspect you have water leakage or excess moisture issues in your home call SERVPRO today. We have the tools, training, and manpower to restore your home back to its wonderful self again.
If you see or smell mold then you should definitely call SERVPRO right away, we are experts in riding your home of that pesky problem!
We can do it all, call us today!
Crawl Space Water Damage Stafford
We'll do the crawling for you!
Crawl spaces are notorious for water damage, especially here in Texas!
If your Stafford or Missouri City home has a crawl space and a pipe breaks or starts leaking you may not even know until it is too late!
Think about it, how often do you open up one of those little side doors and brush away the dust and cobwebs then go exploring under your home? If you are like us then the answer is probably never!
So how are you going to know if you have water damage under your home in your crawl space ... you call the fearless technicians at SERVPRO that is how!
Our brave experts can navigate even the scariest of crawl spaces and report back to you what is going on under your home as well a plan to fix it if need be.
When you are just not interested in crawling under your home, call SERVPRO we will do it for you!
Rodents In Your Ducts Stafford
We clean Air Ducts right!
SERVPRO has been household and commercial cleaning air ducts in your area for years!
One of the most necessary times to get your ducts cleaned is after a rodent infestation.
Often times mice and or rats can make their way into your home through a small crack somewhere in your roof or foundation and then set up shop in your HVAC pipes/vents.
When you have a professional exterminator remove the rodent issue you still want to go the extra step and have your HVAC system cleaned well! The rodent urinates often and that mixed with their droppings can cause health issues in some people due to it getting airborne in your system.
SERVPRO has the equipment and manpower to clean your air ducts quickly and professionally.
Even if you have not had a rodent issue it is still a good idea to do a yearly cleaning just to be on the safe side, so call SERVPRO to schedule yours today!
Storm Damage Repair In Stafford
This fun zone turned into no fun really quick!
When trampolines go airborne, they can become deadly!
Trampolines can become deadly projectiles during a storm. If a trampoline crashes into your house there can be significant damage.
Storm damage can be the result of many different events but one of the most frequent storm damage events is wind picking things up and destroying personal property in its path.
This was the case for one of our customers that reported storm damage in Stafford due to their trampoline falling in through the roof of their home, their bedroom to be exact!
SERVPRO came in and accessed the situation, removed the trampoline from the roof, boarded up the damage temporarily and made all the rest of the storm damage disappear!
If you have had storm damage to your home in the Stafford area call SERVPRO right away!
Cabinet Install and Restore In Stafford
Our repair technicians never just hang around!
Cabinets can make or break the look of that awesome new kitchen you have!
Actually, cabinets can make an old kitchen look new or completely change the look, feel and flow of your entire space!
When it comes to cabinets few do it yourselfers get it one hundred percent right. There is the measuring, the planning, the shopping, the pickup or delivery, the inspection, the mounting, the leveling and then the actual enjoying.
If there was any part of that process that just does not seem worth it ... you should call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO has been dealing with cabinets for years. We handle all of the above-mentioned tasks almost on a daily basis when restoring or remodeling a kitchen after a disaster. So why not call us to help with your cabinets even if your house did not burn down?
We have the tools, manpower and know how to handle your cabinet job right the first time!