Why Do Pipes Burst?

When the temperature drops below the freezing point, pipes are susceptible to bursting.  Pressure inside the pipes is what causes it to burst.  When water freezes, its molecules crystalize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form — that is, the water molecules expand as they freeze.  As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet. This causes an immense amount of water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet — eventually, the pipe ruptures under the pressure, usually at a spot where there’s little or no ice.

The pipe areas upstream of the ice clog aren’t typically in danger of bursting because the pressure isn’t great enough. In this case, the water isn’t blocked, and can always retreat back to its source. Pipes that are the most at risk of bursting are those located outside of building insulation, or those in unheated interior areas, including basements, attics and crawl spaces. Heating or insulating these vulnerable pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves can help prevent them from bursting. Additionally, keeping the facet open and letting the water run — even at just a trickle — will help prevent the water pressure from building to dangerous levels.

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Poor Window Installation – Part 1

Poor installation of windows can affect any property, old or new.  Not every company who installs windows takes the time to properly insure that the window is not only straight, but also water tight.  A couple of problem signs with windows may be, leakage, sashes which are too large for the frame, air leaks, and no warranty given after installation.  Poorly installed windows can not only result in water damage and mold, but also structural damage as they can leak for months prior to a home owner noticing any damage.  Doing your due diligence about the installer but also the window is time well spent.  Incorrectly installed windows can not only result in major interior damage, but also cost you money by having to take the window out and start from scratch with an entirely new window.   Look for Part 2 as we’ll post pictures showing some of the interior damage caused by poor window installation.

Moisture Meter

Pictured here is a non-invasive moisture meter used to detect moisture without puncturing holes in surfaces.  In this particular case, the insurance company told the customer who had a water loss, that there wasn’t any cause for concern with the walls and that the damage was only on the floors.  Upon us checking the wall, and this photo is twelve inches off of the ground, you can see the high reading of moisture within the cavity.  This small process can save customers thousands of dollars in potential mold damage later down the road.DSCN1150

Checking Bills on Claims

So many times we see that restoration contractors hired on insurance claims, overcharge for services or charge for equipment they never used.  Why does this matter to you?  Although most people really don’t care because the money isn’t directly coming out of their pocket, you should take interest because in the end it will cost you.  The total amount of the claim can affect an increase in your policy, and hence cost you more money.  So, if you have restoration contractors and other contractors all overcharging, no it doesn’t come out of your pocket now, but will later.  What should you do?  Ask all contractors hired for a copy of the invoice, even if they directly bill your insurance company.  This way, you can check the line items one by one to insure no overcharging or insurance fraud against your policy is being committed.

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