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Austin, TX, Restoration Company Warns About Frozen Pipes and Water Damage

The team of restoration technicians at All Nation Restoration understands that water damage in Austin and Waco, TX, can cause disruption, expense, and stress. All Nation Restoration handles all the hard work and heavy lifting of the water damage restoration process so the homeowners and businesses can maintain life as normal. The team’s great attitude, superior skills, and friendly customer service set the bar high in the industry. To ensure customers receive the best the industry has to offer, the Austin restoration company provides cutting-edge training, advanced technology, and innovative techniques to their staff in order to tailor the services to the client’s needs, including water damage restoration.

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One of the leading causes of water damage is frozen pipes during subzero weather. When a pipe freezes and ruptures, water can flow from the pipes at a rate of seven or more gallons per minute, which is nearly 400 gallons of water per hour. This amount of water in a crawl space or basement can be devastating. Noticing the ruptured pipes and turning off the water as soon as possible is crucial to reducing the total amount of water damage. Beginning the water damage restoration process as soon as possible also helps avoid advanced secondary damage, which may include mold infestation.

The City of Austin and Austin Water offer Austin area residents the following tips for preventing water damage during freezing weather:

Prior to the onset of freezing temperatures:

  • Wrap insulation around all exposed pipes that are outside or in unheated areas of the home or business.
  • Detach all garden hoses from faucets that are exposed to the weather. Use Styrofoam covers, rags, or paper to insulate outside faucets. As little as one-quarter inch of newspaper has great insulating value. If paper is used, it must be kept dry.
  • Cover vents around the foundation of the home to prevent the flow of cold air into the crawl space.
  • Know the location of the main cut-off valve for the property. Be familiar with how to access the valve and how to shut it off. If a tool is needed to shut off the valve, know where the tool is kept and how the tool should be used. Before operating the cut-off valve, apply a lubricating oil such as WD-40. The lubricant will help prevent the valve from breaking.
  • Special note to Austin residents: The valve is located near the water meter box under a six-inch metal lid.

When sub-freezing weather occurs:

  • Adjust outside faucets so that they constantly drip for twenty-four hours a day. The recommended drip rate is five drops per minute. Dripping is necessary only if temperatures are expected to be at or below twenty-eight degrees for at least four hours. Remember to turn off the dripping faucets after the threat of freezing weather passes.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls. This action allows the warm air from the home to warm up the water pipes.
  • If the laundry room is in or near an unheated garage, shut off the water to the washing machine. If the home has a water softener, the water softener should be drained and insulated to protect it from freezing temperatures.
  • If the frigid weather will last for more than a day or two, allow water to drip slowly from the inside faucets.
  • Those pipes that have frozen in past cold weather should receive special attention. Take extra precautions with these pipes.

If the home will be unoccupied during the frigid, sub-freezing temperatures:

  • Shut off all water to the structure at the main cut-off valve.
  • Drain the water from all outside water faucets if the structure will be vacant for several days. Leave outside faucets open.
  • Another option is to leave the home heating system on at a lower setting to keep the inside of the home warm.
  • Open the cabinet doors under sinks that are adjacent to outside walls. The heat from the house will prevent the pipes from freezing in the short term. If water pipes inside the home burst, the damage could be catastrophic. (As mentioned above, water can flow from a burst pipe at the rate of seven to nine gallons per minute.)
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If a water line breaks or the shut-off valve fails to function properly or if the customer is unable to locate or operate the valve, Austin Water service technicians are available to turn off the water. Call Austin Water’s 24-Hour Emergency Hotline at (512) 972-1000.

In case of a water damage incident, contact the experts at All Nation Restoration. The water damage restoration company in Austin, TX, can handle the entire project and provide the necessary documentation indicating that the work has been completed.

For more information about water damage restoration in Austin, TX, contact the office by phone at (512) 934-8180 or email [email protected]

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For DIY or Professional Water Damage Restoration: Call All Nation Restoration

All Nation Restoration understands the disruption, stress, and expense involved in water damage in Austin and Waco, Texas. The homeowners and businesses that the property damage restoration company serves can continue life as normal because All Nation Restoration handles all the hard work and heavy lifting. The team’s great attitude, skills, and customer service set the bar high in the damage restoration industry. To ensure customers receive the best service, All Nation Restoration provides fresh training, advanced technology, and innovative techniques to its staff.

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For various reasons, some clients desire to tackle a water damage disaster as a DIY project. Often, they choose the DIY route if the water damage incident affects only one room or if the incident involves a minor amount of water.

The water damage is minimal.

One example would be a minor tub overflow in the bathroom. Most of the water could be mopped up with towels or removed with a wet/dry shop vac. A typical box fan would be sufficient to dry up the surface moisture in an hour or so. Hopefully, little or no water seeped under the floor covering or tile. If moisture did penetrate to the subflooring, more effective equipment would be needed to extract the water trapped under the floor covering.

For the homeowner who has the time, the floor covering could be removed. The subfloor could be dried by the fan, and the floor covering could be replaced once the area is dried. If the incident involved carpet in the bathroom, a big box residential shop vac, and a box fan are not enough. The DIY water damage restoration could take so long that mold could grow and complicate the restoration process.

The homeowner has no insurance and limited funds.

A homeowner might attempt to take on water damage restoration as a DIY project either because the insurance company will not cover the incident or the homeowner does not have homeowner’s insurance. If the homeowner has limited funds, he or she will need to do as much of the restoration project as possible to reduce the cost of damage restoration. As daunting as the challenge may be, the homeowner on a tight budget with no insurance money may have no other choice.

The homeowner has the knowledge, skills, and experience to confidently take on the project.

Another reason a homeowner would seek to manage a water damage disaster as a DIY project is because they have the knowledge, skills, experience, and time. Confidence plays an important role in completing a DIY project. A successful DIY water damage restoration project is a major undertaking. Knowing what to do and how to do it is not enough. Time is crucially important in a water damage disaster. Delays in water removal, drying, and dehumidifying can result in advanced secondary water damage and mold infestation. The DIY project must be carried out correctly, thoroughly, and timely.

Can the homeowner just rent the drying equipment?

Most property owners do not have their own commercial-grade drying equipment. This lack of appropriate equipment is an obstacle to successfully mitigating water damage in a home or business as a DIY project. The right equipment and the skills to use that equipment can make a DIY water damage restoration project a huge success.

All Nation Restoration offers water damage equipment rentals in the Austin area. Rental includes free delivery and set up. All Nation Restoration rents everything the DIY project needs, including:

  • moisture meters
  • portable water extractors
  • dehumidifiers
  • air movers
  • air scrubbers
  • odor eliminating ozone machines
  • anti-microbial fogging machines
  • demolition tools

All rentals are delivered by a trained water damage technician. To ensure the project goes well, the trained technicians perform the following services:

  • Inspect the DIY project and offer free restoration advice to make the process easier and more efficient
  • Demonstrate how to set up and properly operate the equipment for maximum drying
  • Provide step by step instructions to get the job done properly
  • Identify exactly what materials need to be removed
  • Identify equipment that will be needed for the project
  • Explain where to place the equipment and how to set it up to maximize drying efforts
  • Always be available to answer any questions and to help when and where needed
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The experts at All Nation Restoration are committed to customer service. The water damage restoration company in Austin, TX, can take on the entire project, bring it to completion, and provide the necessary documentation that work has been completed. All Nation Restoration also offers consultation and rental options for ambitious homeowners who want to tackle some or all of the project on their own. Whatever solution the homeowner chooses, All Nation Restoration is ready to walk with the homeowner through the process.

For more information about water damage restoration in Austin, TX, contact the office by phone at (512) 934-8180 or email [email protected]

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