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We Can Handle Any Water Damage Obstacles in Your Sparta Home

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage needs to be dealt with immediately. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Cleanup Sparta – Frozen Water Pipes

We recently experienced one of the worst cold spells in the history of the state. Our clients are just not prepared for frigid weather that stays below freezing for more than twenty-four hours. A recent client lives in a home that is not well insulated, and the water pipes are in the outside walls of the home. The furnace was running, but it was simply not enough to prevent a frozen pipe from splitting and spraying water inside the wall of the kitchen. She noticed the problem when water began running along the wall and then spreading out over the kitchen flooring.

SERVPRO responded to the water cleanup call from our Sparta facility. The client was calling for help to remove the water and to find the location of the leak. She is a single mother and needed help quickly. She was worried about the potential damage to her home and not having any water to wash dishes and giver her kids a bath. Our dispatcher gave her encouragement and provided suggestions regarding what she can do to mitigate the damage. These steps include:

Turn off the main water intake valve

Mop up water with towels wherever possible

Keep the furnace running; warm air absorbs moisture in cold weather

Remove items from the floor that are wet or could become wet

Place furniture on blocks

Remove wet area rugs from floors

Our SERVPRO team arrived at the client's home and quickly took over. We removed the remaining water and vacuumed the area rugs. Our client has tiled floors so there was minimal damage to the actual floor. However, pillows, papers, and toys were wet and needed to be cleaned and dried. Our technicians brought in a large capacity dehumidifier to remove the remaining moisture from the building.

Finding the frozen pipe presented a significant challenge.

We found the damaged pipe, after opening a portion of the wall in the kitchen. Exposure to the warm air in the home quickly thawed the pipe, and a plumber was able to replace the damaged section of the pipe. Insulation was placed around the pipe, after the area was thoroughly dried, to prevent this situation in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 for 24/7 service. We serve Crossville, Sparta, Lake Tansi, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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