Perils of the Winter Months

The winter months bring more than higher gas and electric bills, often times they bring unexpected water damage by way of burst water pipes.   Many of us experience just that each year and many more will join it’s rank. Pressurized indoor plumbing lines and connections exposed to extreme cold may expand and break releasing large volumes of water into attics, basements and living areas throughout homes. Within minutes water can travel from upstairs to downstairs, through walls, along foundation slabs and damage the structural integrity of residential and commercial buildings if not properly mitigated.

These blasting temperatures following a front can move into regions not accustomed to severe winter weather such as the southern United States with Texas included. And this means one thing, broken pipes. Cities such as Dallas and Ft Worth are not accustomed to the frigid cold and more susceptible to water damage from freezing plumbing failures than comparable cities located farther north.

“From 1996 to 2016, average losses for winter storms were about $1.5 billion per year for the insurance industry. The most expensive year for insured losses was 2015, at $3.5 billion,” said Peter Kim, AVP, Risk Management Services, Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

Certainly prevention is the main defense against broken pipes and water damage. By installing thicker grades of insulation in attics and between ceilings and walls a homeowner runs less of a risk but this requires added costs and not always the route taken. The fact is frozen pipes break and water spills into residential and commercial living spaces each year.

Early detection and quick water mitigation can save literally tens of thousands of dollars for homeowners and insurance companies alike. One of the first assignments for any water damage restoration company is taking moisture readings of inside areas. Water that is visible is easy to detect with the naked eye. But untamed water can pass between walls, under floors and go undetected. This can pose a real problem because moisture undetected will be the incubus for water-borne mold spores to germinate and grow after the first 48 hours. Mold poses not only a health risk to occupants but also an enormous added cost to eradicate. Thereby mapping water migration and determining the levels of moisture in walls, ceilings, and floors paves the way for proper equipment set in place to dry out all structures, restore all contents and end the threat of further damage caused by mold.

A keen eye and early detection are key to saving thousands of dollars and homeowner’s personal affect.

Pioneer Plumbing & Heating Inc

Forces of nature are unpredictable at times and absolutely untamable. Just as swiftly a storm blows in it can blow out again. Dealing with the aftermath is the part we can control. Who does what and where that person does it will decide whether the outcome is successful or not. Local certified water damage restoration companies carry the skill and experience to answer tough questions and develop a drying plan with desired results successfully restoring any building compromised by broken pipes.