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Tips for Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes for Mundelein Residents?

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

Icicles form on a frozen pipe. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to water damage emergencies often during the winter. Here are some helpful tips from the American Red Cross for preventing and thawing frozen pipes:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will start to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored. If you cannot locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

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When your home or business in Mundelein has a water damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

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How Can I Prevent Roof Ice Dams in Wauconda?

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

A person calls for help for a water damage emergency. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Ice dams are common in our northern climate. They occur when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and refreezes at night when the temperatures drop. Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are on call 24 hours a day to respond to frozen pipes emergencies in Wauconda. Here are some tips for preventing roof ice dams from the National Weather Service:

  • If you haven't already, thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and other debris from your home's gutters and downspouts. This allows melting snow to flow into gutters and downspouts.
  • Make every effort to keep snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices on the market called "roof rakes" let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances of ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
  • All winter long, keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles.
  • Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Most experts agree that the R-value of the attic insulation should be at least R-30 (R-38 is preferable in northern climates). In addition, good airflow under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the vents is essential. The venting allows the attic air to stay cold enough to prevent or minimize the freeze/thaw cycle on the roof.

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Our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Wauconda needs emergency water damage restoration services. We'll restore your ice dam damage "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

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How Can I Minimize the Risk of Frozen Pipe Damage in My Wauconda Business?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

A person seals around a window to prevent cold air from entering wall cavities. A person seals around a window to prevent cold air from entering wall cavities.

During the winter months, we respond to frozen pipe emergencies often. Our local teams of professionals in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to frozen pipes and other water damage emergencies in Wauconda 24-hours a day.

According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, frozen pipes are a leading source of property damage during severe winter weather. Here are their recommendations for reducing your risk of damage:

  • Seal openings and penetrations:Seal all windows, doors, and other spaces on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating wall cavities
  • Seal cracks and penetrationsSeal all wall cracks and penetrations, including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit, and other utility service lines
  • Insulate and seal attic penetrations:Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases
  • Run faucets:Let all faucets drip during extremely cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet
  • Insulate pipes
  • Insulate recessed light fixtures
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch
  • Monitor sprinkler systems
  • Provide backup power

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help ® when your commercial business or home in Wauconda needs emergency water damage restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Expect When I Call for Help With Frozen Pipe Water Damage in Mundelein?

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

A person calls for help for a water damage emergency. We restore frozen pipe damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Frozen pipes are one of the most common forms of water damage we restore during winter. Our team serving Mundelein and North Wauconda is on call 24 hours a day to respond to frozen pipes and other water damage emergencies in Mundelein. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Water is invasive and will seep into any porous surface in its path. The longer the damage remains unmitigated, the greater the chances are of more time-consuming and costly repairs.

Here are the questions we will ask when you contact us with a water damage emergency:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (onsite)?

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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Water damage can happen at any time for several reasons, so our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Mundelein needs emergency water damage restoration services. We'll restore your frozen pipe damage "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.