DULUTH, MINN. (January 24, 2013) — As cold Canadian air places its icy grip around the Upper Midwest, homeowners in those states may soon have to contend with one of winter’s most costly and damaging exercises: fixing the damage caused by frozen pipes that can burst after temperatures begin to rise.
Of particular concern, experts say, are pipes that run along exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
The disaster restoration experts at ServiceMaster Clean offered these timely winter tips for homeowners in the affected areas to help prevent frozen pipes:
Using its extensive network of disaster restoration experts across the region, ServiceMaster Clean has positioned local crews, equipment and mobile command centers to assist homeowners impacted by the severe winter weather. Additional resources are ready to respond quickly in the event of flooding or frozen pipe damage in homes and businesses.
ServiceMaster Clean teams are equipped with professional-grade water removal equipment, commercial dryers, fungicides and everything else needed to begin cleanup and restoration immediately in both homes and large and small businesses.
“Each year, homeowners and businesses incur millions of dollars in repairs and remediation from the effects of bursting water pipes and mold damage from standing water,” said Pete Duncanson, director of training and technical support for ServiceMaster Clean Disaster Restoration. “Whenever there’s water-related damage, it’s important to contact an expert immediately to assess the situation and quickly remove any standing water to prevent additional damage and avoid damaging mold from developing.”
What to do if your home or business has suffered water damage:
Call for professional help immediately. Damage from the water and bacteria growth can begin within hours.
Water damage warnings:
For immediate water remediation caused by burst pipes, flooding or similar damage, call the ServiceMaster Clean disaster restoration team 24 hours a day, seven days a week at:
With nearly 3,200 franchise locations around the world, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide cleaning and restoration resulting from damage caused by water or fire, janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care and residential carpet and upholstery cleaning. Visit our website at www.servicemasterclean.com.
With a network of more than 5,000 company-owned and franchise locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s high profile brands are TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 29,000 corporate employees and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands serve more than 8.2 million customers every year and hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home service contracts, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com or http://twitter.com/ServiceMaster for more information about ServiceMaster.
Gina Evans Kamler