Sometimes no matter how well you prepare, water damage can strike at any time, whether it comes in the form of a flood, leaky roof, or burst pipe. When it does strike, it is important to act quickly to minimize damage. Did you know that a small leak in a pipe can expel 22 gallons of water a day? Now just imagine the damage a burst pipe can do. It can cause thousands upon thousands of dollars in water damage to your home.
In the Event of a Burst Pipe
If your pipe bursts, first shut off the source of the water. Next, take pictures and contact your insurance company to file a claim. Property damage resulting from water damage due to plumbing failures is the second most common cause of a homeowner claim. Finally, call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide emergency restoration services. As an IICRC Certified company, our technicians are trained to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, remove contamination, and dry structural materials in an effort to reduce your loss and preserve your property.
Causes of Burst Pipes, a Common Source of Water Damage
There are two primary causes of burst pipes: water pressure and freezing.
- Water Pressure: If your pipe becomes clogged, it can cause pressure to build up behind the blockage. This excess pressure will cause one of two things to happen. It can either cause the blockage to dislodge, rectifying the issue, or it can cause the pipe to burst.
- Freezing: Another common cause of burst pipes is Mother Nature. When the temperature dips below freezing, if you are not careful, your pipes may freeze and burst. Click Hereto learn more about frozen pipes, including methods to prevent the issue altogether before winter.
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