From Statesville to Monroe, it’s not uncommon for homeowners in the Charlotte metro area to experience burst or broken pipes. When groundwater floods your basement or when your sewer line backs up, you’ll notice the problem very quickly. Both of these problems are terrible, but once the water is gone, it’s gone. However, if you have water that’s slowly leaking from a broken pipe, there’s no telling how long you’ve had that problem. The water from leaking pipes can find hidden pockets, slipping through cracks and causing damage behind the scenes. Just because you’ve dried the surface doesn’t mean that you’ve gotten rid of all of the water. A professional restoration team from AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina can find these hidden places and fix all of the water damage.
Why do pipes burst and break? There are many different causes but here are some of the most common reasons.
In the Charlotte and Greenville areas, our gorgeous old homes and buildings draw tourists from miles away. If you live in an older home, though, make sure that your plumbing isn’t as old as the rest of the house. The same principle applies if you own a historic building. Pipes can wear down with age, and they eventually burst.
Our drains collect all sorts of things other than water. Hair, toilet paper, and other items go down the drain all the time. Sometimes, though, those items get stuck. We’ve all dealt with the occasional hair clog, but the really bad clogs can cause pipes to burst. Water builds up behind these clogs, and when the pressure gets too strong, the pipes crack. Stay mindful of drain clogs,and be careful about the items that go down your drains.
More often than not, when a pipe bursts, it happens in the winter. Compared to many other places, North Carolina has fairly mild winters. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t experience temperatures below freezing. When a pipe freezes, so does the water inside it. Water expands as it freezes, putting pressure on the pipe and causing it to crack. During colder times, make sure that warm air can get to your pipes. Open the cupboards under the sinks, and insulate the pipes that aren’t near heat sources.
Since water from leaking pipes can hide in small spaces, the damage may look minimal. However, you may have long-term damage brewing below the surface. Here are a few of the most common problems that broken pipes can cause.
Ceiling damage is sometimes the first thing that tells people they have a leaking pipe. Before you notice the pooling water, you may notice peeling paint and a large, brownish-yellow stain on your ceiling.
Floors can take on a lot of the damage from broken pipes. Hardwood floors get bent into odd shapes so that the floorboards don’t fit into their spaces anymore. Laminate floors don’t escape damage, either. Constantly dripping water can wear the lamination off the floors. Carpets, of course, absorb water and develop stains.
Other soft surfaces absorb water, too. Couches, curtains, and other home and office furniture can all experience water damage this way. Just like the carpets, these upholstery items can develop stains. While these items sometimes have to be replaced, we can often clean them and remove the stains.
Finally, water often leaves mold behind, especially when that water goes unnoticed for a long time. Since mold can hide, you may not see it at first. If left alone, mold will just keep growing until somebody finally stops it. When your AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina team removes mold, they’ll remove every bit of it so that it doesn’t grow back later.
We’ll start by thoroughly examining the problem so that we know exactly what to do. From there, we’ll get rid of the water. Our high-powered pumps, HVACs, fans, and dehumidifiers will get rid of all of the water, not just the water that you can see. Then, we’ll take care of the mold and restore all structural and cosmetic issues that the water caused.
The good news is that AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina is here and ready to help with all of the above problems. Looking for a team that will get rid of your water damage? Let AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina take care of it.
Have a home disaster emergency? Call us any time. It doesn’t matter the day or time. We’re always prepared to step in.
Ignoring water damage will ultimately only cause more damage. You may not want to think about it, but the longer you wait, the more mold builds up in your home or building. Don’t let the problem get any worse. Call AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina now for your assessment. We’ll clear up the damage and leave the space as good as new.
Our Charlotte location means that we can get to your home or building in about an hour or less. Our local ownership also means that we love our community. We’ll do what it takes to keep it clean and safe for everybody, whether that means getting rid of water damage in your home or removing mold from your office.
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All of our team members are trained, certified, and experienced in disaster restoration. We have all the skills and the tools necessary to stop water damage in its tracks. We’ll be thorough, yet efficient in your home’s restoration so that you can move on with your life and rest assured that the damage is gone.
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