Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 23, 2013
While Atlanta residents are caroling for a white Christmas, structureMEDIC is reminding homeowners that falling temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, causing extensive water damage and costly repairs. The fluctuating winter temperatures in the city can encourage homeowners to lower their thermostats which is a recipe for disaster if the temperature dips below freezing during the night.
Pipes can burst when water sitting in the pipe freezes. Though water expands as it freezes, the expansion of ice isn’t typically the cause of a burst or broken pipe. Instead, as water continues to freeze and blocks water flow through the pipe completely, water pressure builds between the blockage and a closed faucet. This is why homeowners are encouraged to let faucets drip when temperatures drop. This trick won’t necessarily prevent the water in pipes from freezing, but it will prevent those pipes from bursting.
“Water damage from burst pipes can be extensive and costly,” said Stephen Elliott, owner of structureMEDIC. “Pipes will need to be replaced and, depending on the location of the leak, walls and ceilings may need to be completely removed and replaced too. The fluctuating temperatures we’ve had this winter where it is very cold at night but warmer and more mild during the day can even lead to mold growth if the water isn’t properly cleaned up right away.”
If homeowners suspect a pipe may have frozen or even burst, they should contact structureMEDIC as soon as possible at (404) 934-5967 or online. The water damage restoration company is available 24/7 to assist with emergency cleanup and begin repairs immediately. A typical cleanup for frozen pipes can take 3-5 days, while demolition and rebuild for severely damaged and burst pipes can take several weeks.
StructureMEDIC is one of the most experienced water damage restoration teams in the state of Georgia. The dedicated crew is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides the following services: water damage cleanup, fire damage restoration, smoke and soot cleanup, de-humidification, mold removal, claims inventory service, sewage backup repair, HVAC/air duct cleaning, deodorization, and bio hazard cleaning. If recent weather has caused water, mold, smoke, or fire damage to your home or business, call structureMEDIC’s team toll free at 1-800-764-4613. You can also visit them at http://www.structuremedic.com for additional information.