A Water Pipe Bursts In your Home – What Do You Do Now? (Immediate Damage Control Measures)

Posted on January 31, 2019.

Water Pipe Bursts

You’re sitting at home on a nice afternoon, and suddenly your spouse yells at you from upstairs “THERES WATER EVERYWHERE! WE GOTTA SHUT OFF THE WATER!”

You drop what you’re doing, run upstairs to find a watery disaster that is threatening to severely damage your house. You finally get the water shut off, and dont even know where to start because the mess is so massive.

While this narrative may sound dramatic – it happens. Knowing what you should do next can help mitigate the damage to your home when a water pipe bursts.

One of the worst things you can come across in your home is a burst pipe. For the most part, homeowners are aware that pipes freezing and busting open are a threat. Not many homeowners know both how to prevent this from happening, as well as what to do if you ever find out a pipe has in fact burst. For preemptive measures, check out this blog post, which offers helpful tips and tricks that will decrease the likelihood of your home becoming a victim to a burst pipe. For immediate damage control measures for a pipe that has burst, keep reading.

What to Do if You Find a Pipe Has Burst in Your Home

Shut Off Water

The first action you should take if you notice a burst pipe in your home is to turn off the water in your home immediately. This will help limit the damage done by the pipe. Next, turn off the electricity in that section of the home, especially if you think the leak from the pipe burst may have reached an electrical socket. These two steps are extremely important, so make sure that you do each of them before you start working on other solutions to limit the initial damage.

If you live in an apartment complex or don’t have access to the building’s water supply and electricity, then contact the building manager or landlord for assistance.

Open a Faucet and Drain the Taps

Opening a faucet is also a step you can take to avoid a pipe bursting, especially if you notice a pipe in your home that looks like it is on the verge of freezing. However, this can also help in the cleanup process and flushing out your pipes. Opening your faucets and letting the remaining cold water out from the system will help reduce the chance of leftover water freezing inside the pipes (which could potentially cause more damage). On top of this, opening your faucets, with the cold taps first and then the hot water will relieve the pent up pressure within the pipe too. While no one likes wasting water, this is a necessary step to limit the scope of the damage.

Call a Plumberwater pipe bursts plumber

Now, you can always take the route of repairing a pipe that has burst on your own, and if you’re a skilled handyman and want to save on the costs of outsourcing the work, then go for it. You can read about how to fix a burst pipe here.

However, we recommend you hire a professional and experienced plumber who has repaired many pipes like this before and will do an excellent job. When it comes to deciding whether or not to repair something on your own, it’s a risk-reward scenario. In other words, is the risk of having your pipe break again from faulty repairs worth saving the extra money on hiring a plumber? That’s up to you. But we always recommend you bring in a pro to assist in the repairs.

Cleaning Tips on Your Own

Similar to repairing the pipes, in terms of cleaning up the mess it has caused, it is wise to call in an expert restoration services provider who can handle water damage. However, there are steps you can take while waiting for them to arrive to help make the cleanup process go faster.

First, use everything and anything you own that can help soak up the moisture. Mops, towels, wet/dry vacuums. Whatever you have, use it. Check thoroughly and make sure that you have all wet spots covered on the ground: every half hour or so, swap out the wet towels for new ones.

Next, turn up the heat (only do this after you’ve drained the remaining taps) or use a hair dryer on the area where the pipe broke. On top of this, open any cabinet doors or other doors where your pipes are located to help warm air continue to ciculate throughout the house.

Call a Restoration Services Provider

While these cleaning steps you do on your own will help limit the damage, only using fans and towels will likely lead to mold, mildew, and other side effects that could cause illnesses for those within the home. That’s why, if the water from your busted pipe spread on the walls, ceilings, and floors, a professional disaster restoration service provider is a must.

At ServiceMaster, our experienced disaster restoration experts are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This is because disasters don’t usually happen at convenient times, and we want to make sure we can mitigate the damage to your home. Whether you’re at home or your business, fire, flooding and mold outbreak can cause quite the headache when it comes to cleaning up the damage. That’s where we come in. Our fast-responding technicians have the training and equipment to start making a difference right away, and we always hit the ground running.

We’re proud to be certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the world’s leading restoration Standards Developing Organization (SDO). We’re also certified as a Lead-Safe Certified Firm by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There’s no disaster too big or too small for our experts to handle. We’ve seen disasters of all shapes and sizes, so whether it’s just a single room or the whole house, we can help in restoring your home.


How to Make Sure Your Pipes Don’t Freeze in the Winter

Posted on January 22, 2019.

In case you weren’t aware, it’s been pretty cold this winter. Like, bone-chilling cold. On January 30th, temperatures reached as low as -50 in some parts of the midwest. Ufda.

Not only is this cold a threat to give you frostbite in a matter of minutes, but it can also cause real serious damage to your home. One of the possible side-effects of a particularly cold winter on your home is your pipes freezing, which can be a real problem.

Today, we’re going to discuss the necessary steps you should take to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze in the winter.

Tips for Making Sure Your Pipes Don’t Freeze

If some of your pipes are accessible through a door or are located in a cabinet, it is wise to open the doors up every once in a while to let the rest of the house heat the pipes as well. This strategy will also help the heat in your house spread through the home.

Seal Up Any Cracks

If you notice any cracks, holes, or gaps in your home near where your pipes are, make sure that you seal them up tight. You should do this before winter settles in, as it will not only help your pipes stay unfrozen, but you can also eliminate defects in your home’s insulation before the snow starts falling.

Use Heating Tape

Hey, if you get to use a blanket during the winter, then so should your pipes! Heating tape is very similar to how an electric blanket works. The heat tape will supply heat to the pipe and counteract any extreme cold weather that may be hitting your home. An alternative is a heating cable, but heat tape works automatically and will turn on and off when it senses that heat is needed. However, keep in mind that these products can be dangerous, so please follow the instructions and safety procedures or work with a professional handyman to assist you.

Don’t Turn the Heat Off

While it is hard to justify leaving the heat on when you’re not home, due to fear of higher utility bills, you can save yourself the headache of dealing with frozen pipes. No, you don’t have to leave the heat as high as you normally have it, but if you’re away on vacation or even a weekend and leave the heat on just a bit, you will reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing.

Make Sure Your Home is Well-Insulated

This is another spring or fall item for your “to do” list. Have a home repairman, handyman or roofer come by and check out your attics and basement insulation to make sure that it is up to par. Especially in older homes, these areas of the house are not typically properly insulated. Adding extra insulation to these areas is a possible quick fix to this problem. Once again, you’d much rather catch this before the chilly weather comes. Luckily, it can be easy to fit a pipe with foam rubber sleeves to help decrease the chance they freeze.

Allow the Faucet to Drip

You may think that letting your faucet drip wouldn’t be beneficial for your home in any way, but you’d be wrong! Surprisingly, allowing your faucet to drip relieves pressure in your piping system. So, if you get a pipe burst, it’s because of the pressure buildup created between the blockage in the pipe and the faucet opening. Eventually, the pressure becomes too much and the pipe will burst. So, while you may be wasting a little bit of water, you can avoid the disaster of a pipe bursting.

Burst or Leaky Pipes? Call Service Master

We offer disaster restoration services at ServiceMaster, so if you have sustained water damage that was caused by a frozen pipe that has burst, then call us today at (612) 324-491. Our professional restoration experts have seen it all, and they’ll have your home looking good as new in no time.


Best Commercial Cleaning Services in Minneapolis

Posted on January 1, 2019.

Service Master has been cleaning homes and businesses in Minneapolis since 1993. They are experts in residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. There is some fair overlap when it comes to residential vs. commercial cleaning. Services such as carpet cleaning, fabric protection, and upholstery cleaning are necessary for both. We can specialize more heavy duty services such as hard surface floor care, HVAC duct cleaning, and indoor and outdoor window cleaning to the needs of our commercial clients, and on a much larger scale. Here are some of the best commercial cleaning services sharing in this industry with Service Master in the Twin Cities.

Zerorez Minneapolis

Zerorez may be best known for their their powerful residential cleaning. Well, they also offer full-service commercial cleaning. They use their patented Empowered Water™ that does not use harsh chemicals or soaps, leaves no residue, dries quickly, and is safe for people and pets. When there needs a fast turn-around time for an office building, they can clean the carpets and floors over the weekend, and be completely dry by Monday! Zerorez offers free estimates on their website.

COIT Cleaning & Restoration

When COIT Cleaning & Restoration cleans your commercial business, they cover all their bases. They offer a dedicated account manager to manage your requests, they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and promise flexible schedules, timely services, and competitive pricing. Some of the basic services COIT can do for you are duct, carpet, upholstery, and tile cleaning. They also clean and restore concrete, natural stone, area rugs, and drapes! All their treatments will help keep your upholstery and fabrics free of stains, dirt and dust. Check their website for convenient online scheduling.

Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Vanguard Cleaning Systems is a fairly young company, but their flexibility, customizable services, and professionalism have brought them to the top of the game. Vanguard cleans for a number of commercial industries including, but not limited to, office buildings, dental offices, schools, churches, and multi-tenant buildings. They span services across Minneapolis, St. Paul, and even south to Rochester. They offer the basic hard floor, commercial carpet, and restroom cleaning, but also contract cleaning, daily office cleaning (or day porter services), and post-construction clean-up! Fill out their request form on their website to schedule an in-person site visit.

Eli’s Cleaning

Eli’s Cleaning guarantee is, “We are detailed!” Servicing office, apartment, and medical buildings, detail is something that cannot be compromised. Their detailed difference is that no dust bunny or cob web is too small or unimportant to clean up. They know the importance of working in a space that’s clean – no distractions allows for happier, more productive workers. They will vacuum and mop carpets and floors, empty garbages, clean blinds and desk areas. In some circumstances, they may include special requests, including cleaning windows and power washing. Call Eli’s Cleaning at 612-517-5737 for a free quote!

Jan-Pro

Jan-Pro Twin Cities have become one of the most trusted commercial cleaning companies in the Twin Cities, maintaining a 99% customer retention rate. Jan-Pro are meticulous in their cleaning, ensuring they track results, and maintain compliance with strict medical standards from the CDC, OSHA, AORN, and Joint Commission. Their special EnviroShield® disinfectant kills 99.99% of germs, bacteria, and common viruses. This ensures workspaces, commercial lobbies, and medical offices remain clean and free of illness! Clients have said they’ve noticed legitimate decreases in contagious disease within their office after Jan-Pro’s services. If you want good, accountable, diligent commercial cleaning, give Jan-Pro a call at 952-238-1005 for an estimate.

Service Master Restore

“When Disaster Strikes, Call the Damage Mitigation Experts” At Service Master we have been dedicated to serving Minneapolis the best quality restoration and cleaning services for over half a century. We offer cleaning and residential cleaning services, and specialize in disaster restoration. Because we know unexpected storms and disasters can happen at any time of the day, we are available 365/24/7 for your emergency needs. Whether it’s a fire, flood, or mold outbreak, we are certified to handle anything that comes our way, and get you back to normal in no time! If you are not dealing with a disaster, and just need some basic residential cleaning, we are offering some deals right now for carpet and upholstery cleaning. Anyone who receives carpet cleaning will receive a FREE micro fiber towel, which can be used as a first defense against spills and stains on your clean carpet. Call today!


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