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When your carpet gets wet it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to cut it out and throw it away. If it's fresh, clean water then vacuum up the water and just peel back the carpet and remove the padding. Use a couple of air movers to dry the carpet being sure to get air flow over the top and under the bottom of the carpet. Avoid making the carpet flap by setting up your fans properly. It’s most likely that other areas of your house can be damaged so defiantly call us out to take a look. For more information on Water Damage you can call us at (512) 934-8180 or visit our website at
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Are you experiencing water damage and having a hard time trying to find out where the leak is coming from? It may be possible that you have a slab leak. Locating a slab leak can be very hard a sometimes very expensive. Not only that but slab leaks can cause serious water damage to home before you can even figure out whats going on. Water can even saturate in the ground under your home and cause your foundation to sink. If you are experiencing water damage and having a hard time determining the source, then please call us right away. Our technicians at All Nation Restoration are well trained at locating leaks and determining the source of any water damage to your home or office. Our techs our also well trained to mitigate any water damage that you may have and can prevent further damage. Most times, if we are hired to restore your water damage, then you pay nothing for our leak detection services! If you think you may have a leak, then schedule our leak detection service now by calling (512)934-8180.
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Have you recently experienced water in your house that shouldn't have been there? Maybe the kids put the wrong soap in the dishwasher causing it to spill out water all over the floor. Or maybe the hose to your washing machine came out of the drain in the wall and dumped water all over your laundry room. These are both common sources of water damage that we at All Nation Restoration see every day. If left uninspected by a water damage restoration company, these types of water losses cause serious damaged to your home and property. Even if you have cleaned up the surface water and have no visible damage, you may still have a problem. Almost immediately following a water spill or leak, water makes its way under the baseboards or cabinets and into the drywall and walls cavities and remain there leaving the area wet for months. These areas now become a prime breeding ground for mildew, mold, structural rot and bad odors, turning a what seemed to be unfortunate water spill that was easily cleaned up, into an issue that requires mold inspectors writing mold protocols and licensed mold remediation companies requiring you to move out of your home, setting up containment barriers and removing harmful mold from your home. These situations are hard for homeowners because most times their insurance companies will deny any chance of a claim due to negligence or simply because most insurance policies don't cover mold. This is something we wish to spare all our customers from experiencing. If you had a water leak, then call us out right away to inspect the area. Our inspections are free of charge, it will only cost a little of your time! Check out our website for more information at or call (512)934-8180 today!
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Be sure to pay attention to your pipes!
Now that the weather is warming up in the Austin TX area, busted pipes that were once frozen are beginning to thaw, leaving a lot of unexpected home owners with a lot of damage caused by water coming out of the walls and into their homes. These types of pipe breaks can cause inches of water to accumulate in your home in a matter of minutes and sometimes be very difficult to locate and fix. If you are in need of an experienced water damage restoration company to extract water from your home or business fast, then please call us right away. We a full staff and trucks on standby so we can be at your location in 30 minutes or less to begin work. In order to prevent further damage, it is important that the water is stopped and extracted fast before it makes its way into other areas of your home. After we complete our extraction process, we will perform a thorough inspection of your home or business using our top of the line moisture detecting equipment, to ensure that water has not made it way into places that it shouldn't be. Trapped water can cause mold to grow in a matter of days and can lead to structure rot in a matter of weeks. It is important to call us right away so we can make sure you get your job done right at the best possible price, guaranteed! Be sure to also ask about our Water Damage Restoration Equipment Rentals!

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Tips on How to Prevent and Protect Your Pipes from Freezing.

Why is Pipe Freezing a Problem?

Being in the water damage restoration industry allows us to see homes damaged by many forms of water intrusion. When winter hits at its hardest and the temperature falls below freezing, the most common water losses we see are caused by pipes freezing and busting. When water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipes in your home causing them to break and dump thousands of gallons of water in and around your home. These types of breaks can be the most destructive to your home and the most disruptive to your everyday life. The good thing is, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening to your home and your family. Below are some tips on which pipes are most likely to fail when they freeze, how to protect your pipes from freezing, how to prevent your pipes from freezing and how to thaw your frozen pipes safely.

Which Pipes are Most Likely to Freeze and Bust?

• Water supply lines and manifolds located in the exterior walls of your home that are poorly insulated or have no insulation at all.
• Water supply lines that are outside your home, above ground or buried close to the surface, like water sprinkler systems, swimming pool supply systems and outdoor hose bibs or faucets.
• Water supply lines in unheated areas inside your home. These areas are most likely to be attics, garages, utility closets, under kitchen and bath cabinets, crawl spaces under your home and basements.
• Leaving your heat off and leaving town can cause all the plumbing in your home to freeze if temperatures fall below freezing.

How to PROTECT your Pipes from Freezing:

The best way to protect a pipe form busting in your home and causing serious damage is to be proactive. Pay attention to your local weather and follow these recommendations before the onset of freezing temperatures.

• Protect your swimming pools by draining the pool and the water supply lines. Be sure to follow the directions provided to you by the manufacturer or the installer. It is not recommended to put antifreeze in your pool or in the plumbing lines unless directed. It can be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife and your landscaping.
• Protect your sprinkler system by turning it off and draining the lines. It is important to check your sprinkler supply lines to make sure they are buried deep enough and properly insulated. It is very common to find improperly installed irrigation systems.
• Protect your outside hose bibs by removing, draining and storing your water hoses. Some homes have water shut offs to the outside house bibs located inside the home. If this is the case for you, then turn off the supply of water to your exterior hose bibs and open them up completely from the outside. This prevents any remaining water to expand without causing the pipe to break. If you do not have shut of valves for your hose bibs, then remove, drain and store your water hoses, wrap your hose bib with a towel or sock and cover your hose bibs with a hard surface exterior faucet cover. You can purchase these at all most any hardware store.
• Protect the water supply lines in your crawl spaces, attics and basements by adding insulation on and around the pipes. Insulation will help these areas maintain a higher temperature during freezing weather. You can also add heat by running HVAC lines from your furnace in to these areas.
• Protect water supply lines in unheated areas of your home like your garage and under bathroom and kitchen cabinets by using products made to insulate pipes. There are many products on the market made specifically for these types of situations such as heat tape and pipe sleeves.
• Check with your plumber if any of these recommendations are out of your skill level. Your plumber may have even more cost-effective tips and insight to help you protect your pipes in your home from freezing and busting.

How to PREVENT Your Pipes from Freezing:

Just as important as protection, is prevention. Here are some simple preventative steps you can take that can save you from a pipe busting and costing you a lot of money in mitigation and repair.

• Busted pipes in garages caused by freezing is very common. Prevent this from happening to you by simply keeping your garage door closed during freezing weather. You can also use foam insulation to seal the open spaces around your garage door. Plugging in a small space heater and allowing it to run in this area can keep the temperature high enough to prevent your pipes from freezing in our garage.
• Freezing pipes under kitchen and bathroom cabinets are also very common. Most of these cabinets are installed against exterior walls for easier access to water sully line or manifolds. We notice the most expensive damage to home when these pipes bust. Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the most expensive and time-consuming areas of the home to mitigate and repair. Prevent this from happening to you by insulating both the hot and cold supply lines and leaving the cabinet doors open to allow warm air from your home to circulate in these areas. If you have children be sure not to leave any harmful cleaners or chemicals within easy reach.
• The most common frozen pipe prevention tip is to let the cold water drip from the faucet during freezing weather. This tip is very effective because running water through a pipe can help prevent freezing, even if it is just a slow drip.
• If your home has central air and heat this is a plus. Be sure to keep the temperature on your thermostat the same both day and night. We have seen the water supply systems in whole houses freeze up and bust because of people have turned off their central heat and left town for a couple of days. You may spend a little more on you electric or gas bill, but it nothing compared to the cost of repairing the plumbing, drying out your home and rebuilding it. If you are deciding to leave town, we suggest you set the temperature to no lower than 55° F.

Best Ways to THAW Frozen pipes:

Frozen pipes in your home can be a nightmare and if not thawed properly it can leave you in a world of pain. If you have come to believe that some or all of your pipes have frozen, here are some things you can do that can save you time and money. Please be aware that if all or some of the plumbing in your home has happened to freeze then chances of a pipe already being busted is high. The water has already expanded in your pipes, causing a break, you will not be able to tell until the water has had a chance to thaw.

• The first step you’re going to want to take is turning of the water to your home at the main. Most times there is a home owner shut off valve but you may need a water shut off tool if you do not have one already. Doing this will prevent large amounts of water from coming into your home once the pipes have thawed, if in fact you do have a break somewhere. The most likely place you may have a frozen pipe is against an exterior wall or where your main water supply line enters your home through the slab.
• Turn on the heat in your home and open up all the faucets. As the pipes begin to melt you’re going to want the water to flow through the pipes and into your sink. Running water will also speed up the thawing process. Be sure to keep an eye out for water on the floor and water spots on any drywall. This could be signs of a break. Also, be sure to keep an ear out, sometimes you can even hear a when a pipe busts.
• If you are able to locate the frozen pipe and it accessible, you’re going to want to thaw using a mild transfer of heat. Do not use any open flame technique as this can cause the water to evaporate and build up pressure or cause flammable materials to ignite. Good tools to use would be a hair dryer, space heater, hot water soaked towels or an electric heat pad wrapped around the pipe.
• Pipes in your home will generally thaw out as the heat in your home begins to rise with your central heat turned up or with introducing other forms of heat. Once you believe all the pipes have been thawed then you can turn on the water from the main. This is going to be the time you will generally find out if you have a major break or not. Be sure to only turn the water on for about three seconds then turn it back off. Go inside and inspect for water damage. Repeat this step until you are sure there are no breaks. If you did experience a break then call out a licensed plumber and a reputable water damage restoration company.
• You will know that all the pipes in your home are safe when you regain normal operating pressure and temperature.

If you follow these prevention and protection tips you will be able to avoid any problems with frozen pipes. For any more question please reply below or give us a call at (512)934-8180. Also help your friends and family avoid frozen pipes by sharing this post using the social media icons below.
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Are You Experiencing Water Damage in Your Attic? Call the Austin Water Damage Team at All Nation Restoration and We Can Be There Right Away! Open 24/7 For All Your Water Damage Related Problems! Call (512)934-8180 For A Water Damage Team in Your Area.
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