burst-pipe-frozenBeware Frozen Pipes!

Everyone in the triangle knows that we’ve had a surprisingly mild winter so far this year, but the cold weather might be creeping up on us sooner than we hope. When it does, there are certain precautions you should take in order to prevent serious damage to your home.

When the weather turns, and things get cold, water will start to freeze. When water freezes, it expands, and any pipes or plumbing that have water trapped inside may not be able to handle the pressure. If a pipe gives way to the expanding ice within, you may not know it right away, but the minute that ice begins to melt, you’re going to have a flood on your hands in no time.

To prevent burst pipes when the mercury drops, here are a few tips. If you’re planning on leaving for a few days, and don’t want to come home to icicles in your bathroom, don’t turn the heat all the way down. Make sure you set your thermostat no lower than 65 degrees, which will radiate through your walls and floors and keep your pipes above freezing temperature. Leaving under sink cabinets open helps with this, as well

For more exposed fixtures, like in basements, garages, or outdoor spigots, you may want to open them just enough to drip slowly. This will help to alleviate any pressure build up and allow the water to keep moving, rather than sit still and freeze solid.

It’s too late! My pipes already froze!

If you already have a leak from burst pipes, call our emergency hotline immediately at 919-467-1991. We can help stop the water from causing more damage, and begin the process of repairing the damage that’s already been done. We’re certified, trained professionals, and we can work with you and your insurance company to take care of the mess so you don’t have to.

Leaking Toilet in Chapel Hill

Have you ever had a toilet that seems to run water constantly, even when it hasn’t been used for hours? Most of the time it’s a bad flapper valve that leaks water from the tank into the bowl, which triggers the tank to fill again. This is an easy fix and typically doesn’t result in any serious damage.

But toilets can have other problems, that aren’t so noticeable. If you notice the water level in the bowl is low but fills normally after a flush, you may have a leak around the bottom seal, where the toilet meets the floor. The water can leak into the floorboards and wall structure, and in the case of an upstairs bathroom, into the ceiling of the room below.

A slow leak will start doing damage to the inside of walls and floor long before you see any visible signs, like bubbled or discolored paint. You may even notice an odd smell in your house, but won’t be able to pinpoint where it’s coming from. Once the signs are apparent, the problem is like an iceberg, much much bigger just below the surface. Mold, mildew, wood rot, and soggy sheetrock can be hidden, and require major repairs once the symptoms begin to show.

If your home has been damaged by a leaking toilet, call us today at 919-467-1991. We’re trained, certified professionals, and can help you determine exactly how bad the damage is, and work with your insurance company to remove any affected structure and rebuild it, good as new.

Overhead Sprinkler Damage in Holly Springs NC

Most modern commercial buildings are equipped with overhead sprinklers, designed to spray massive amounts of water in the event of a fire, preventing the flames from growing, destroying the entire building, and hurting anyone that may be inside. Countless lives and businesses have been saved by overhead sprinklers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t cause damage of their own.

Once the fire is out and everyone is safe, you can go back inside your business to find everything soaked, from top to bottom. It’s likely you’ll find water damage on the ceiling, walls, counters, floors, and everywhere in between. It’s estimated that by themselves, ignoring the effects of the fire, sprinklers can cause up to $1000 in damage for every minute they are running. This is because they can spray water out at a rate of 25 gallons a minute, which is a lot, but nothing compared to the 250 gallons per minute the fire department uses with its fire hoses. You’re much better off having them than not.

But what about the cleanup? When the water is off and the flames are out, you’re left with a charred, sopping wet mess to clean up. Call Professional Restoration Services at 919-467-1991, and we’ll help you get the cleanup process started. We’re certified trained professionals, and we’ll work with you and your insurance company to remove and replace any damaged structures affected by the fire and water. We’re locally owned licensed contractors, and can help you recover, no matter how large or small the damage and your business may be.

Polybutylene Piping

If you are in Raleigh or a neighboring city such as Apex, Cary, or Durham and you have electrical/fire damage please feel free to give us a call at our 24-hour emergency hotline. We are locally owned and operated and we’re the fire damage experts. To see why else we’re the best choice, feel free to visit our detailed page: fire damage restoration service.

If you have polybutylene piping in your home, you have an increased risk of leaks and water damage.

Polybutylene is a plastic resin that was very popularly used in the making of pipes and fitting from 1978 through 1995, and it is estimated to have bee installed in between 6 to 10 million homes in the United States. Because of how easy it was to install, and how much less it cost than copper piping, it was sometimes considered the pipe of the future. Typically gray, black, or blue in color, polybutylene piping can most easily be found under kitchen sinks or around hot water heaters, but it could just as easily be hidden behind your walls and under your floorboards.

Why is polybutylene piping bad?

Over time, as the pipes age and are exposed to chlorine and other oxidants in the water supply, polybutylene piping will begin to scale and crack, usually on a scale too small to be seen with the naked eye. In fact, detecting problems with a polybutylene plumbing system is so difficult, that there can be a serious systemic issue throughout your house that show no symptoms until the point of a catastrophic failure.

If you have a water leak issue in your home and suspect that it may be due to failing polybutylene plumbing, call us today. Leaks caused by failed pipes are typically covered by insurance. We’re certified specialists and can help with removing and replacing water damaged walls, floorboards, or any other part of your home affected by failed plumbing.

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Eight Reasons Not to Leave Water Damage Untreated.

Occasionally we find ourselves with customers who have had water damage for a very long time and left it untreated because they assumed it wasn’t a very big deal. What’s worst that could happen? Water just dries up and goes away, right? WRONG!

Water damage diminishes the value of your home.

Any home that has water damage will have to telltale signs. You can try to paint over the stains, but a home appraiser will be able to see, and in some cases smell, other symptoms of untreated water damage. This means your house will be priced much lower than you might have otherwise hoped, and far fewer people will be interested in buying.

Floors and walls are weakened by water damage.

The wooden structured within your walls and floors will absorb water slowly and steadily over time. Even a small leak at the bottom of a wall can soak its way all the way to the top. Damp wood then becomes vulnerable to mold, which not only poses a health risk to people living in the house but weakens the wood further, creating a structural safety risk as well.

Water damage affects electrical systems.

Any electrical wiring, outlets, or fuse boxes exposed to water can pose very serious health risks, and possibly even become fatal. Electrical systems exposed to water need to be inspected by a professional

to determine if any safety hazards exist, and if so, how to go about repairing them properly.

The effect water can have on drywall.

Drywall exposed to water will become discolored, and brittle. It will warp and bubble and become noticeable even under many coats of paint. Water damaged drywall needs to be cut out and replaced in order to blend in normally.

Pipes and plumbing may become corroded.

It may sound silly, as plumbing is designed to have water flowing through it for years, but standard household plumbing is only intended to interact with regular tap water. Flood water can have many chemicals, minerals, or other contaminants in it that can react with the pipes in your floors and walls. Over time, this can cause leaks, furthering the original water damage problem.

Water can damage bricks and concrete.

If water is able to penetrate bricks or concrete that haven’t been sealed properly, cracks and erosion may happen over time. This is especially true in colder climates, where water trapped inside a crack will expand as it freezes. If that crack happens to be in your home’s foundation, you may end up with very serious structural issues that will be incredibly expensive to fix.

Flood waters can be toxic to your health

Unlike clean water leaking from faulty plumbing, flood water is very dirty, nasty stuff. When it enters your home, it can bring any number of health hazardous contaminants with it, like chemicals pollutants, sewage, toxic waste, or infectious bacteria or fungi. Even after the water evaporates, all of these things will be left behind, as well as their odors and health risks.

Bugs and fungus love standing water.

No matter where the water came from, or whether its clean or dirty, water left alone will eventually become a home for bugs, bacteria, and fungus. Many insects look for still water to lay their eggs, As they hatch and die, they spread bacteria, and disease. The evaporating water makes the air very humid, which helps spread mold and mildew. The odor then attracts more insects, and they may then spread to other areas of your home.

If you have water damage in your home, don’t wait to have it repaired. Call us immediately and we’ll start working with you and your insurance company to repair whatever damage may have occurred. We’re certified professionals, trained to spot damage where most people won’t think to look. As licensed contractors, we’ll be able to pull out the affected walls, floors, or ceiling, and rebuild your home like new. Call us at 919-467-1991

Flood Damage Caused by Winter Rain in Orange County.

It’s no surprise that our winter has been exceptionally mild so far this year. In fact, the average temperature throughout December 2015 is 65 degrees, eleven degrees warmer than the typical monthly average for Orange County. But not only has it been unusually warm, but also exceedingly wet. With 7+ inches of rainfall, we’ve received more than twice the amount of rain than usual for this time of year, and not without consequences.

As the ground absorbs as much water as possible, becoming completely saturated, the rain ends up with nowhere left to go. Roads become rivers, parking lots become puddles, and lawns turn into lakes. With that much water pooling up, looking for somewhere to drain, it’s inevitable that some of it will end up in someone’s house, garage, or basement. Unless your house is up high enough, there’s a real chance water may pour in right under your front door. In fact, that’s exactly what happened this week to people living in Camelot Village, an apartment community nearby in Chapel Hill.

When inches of water pour through your home, the damage can be very extensive. Hardwood flooring, carpet, sub-flooring, paint, wallpaper, drywall, furniture, alliances, and more can be damaged or ruined. Getting everything dried out, and handling necessary repairs is a huge task. We’re licensed professionals trained to remedy these kinds of problems. If you’re a victim of flood damage, contact us today and we’ll worth together with you and your insurance company to clean up the mess and rebuild your damaged home. Call us at 919-467-1991