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Cold and Snow in Chicago Causing Burst Pipes


    Water Damage Repair in Chicago by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons

    After the first Polar Vortex, an occurrence we were told was a very rare event by local meteorologists, most residents and business owners in the Chicago area assumed the worst had passed us by. But then Parts Two and Three of the Polar Vortex swooped in for another round, continuing to cause a host of problems. Homes and businesses, and owners of secondary properties especially, are still dealing with damage cause by previous bitter temperatures and large amounts of snowfall, including water damage and burst pipes in Chicago. If water damage has occurred in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons to come clean up to mess.

    Water can exist in all three states, and can change form within a relatively small range of temperatures. With the extreme cold temperatures we’ve experienced, the water in many pipes may have frozen and caused the pipes to burst, most likely resulting in quite a mess and extensive water damage in Chicago homes and businesses.

    When ice buildup impedes the flow of water in pipes, pressure builds up between the blockage and the closed faucet. Normally, we see pipes start to burst near 20º Fahrenheit, and temperatures have been below that for an extended period of time. Insulated pipes or heated pipes may have even succumbed to the extreme weather conditions this winter season.

    If your pipes have burst, there are a few steps you can take to prevent further water damage:

    • Immediately shut off the main water valve
    • DO NOT use an open flame to thaw the pipes, but a handheld hair dryer may work to thaw out the pipes.
    • DO NOT use any electrical appliances while standing in water.

    The next step is to call a water damage repair service in Chicago, IL, like the experts at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons. Once the call is placed, we will provide:

    • A speedy response
    • Powerful water extraction
    • Professional drying processes

    We will also take steps to prevent the development of mold and mildew after water damage. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons works quickly to minimize damage to your property and possessions so that disruption to your family and business are minimized.

    If the pipes in your home or office have burst, call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons in Chicago to take care of it. Our emergency response center is ready to take your call 24/7, 365 and get you back on the road to normal.


    • Simon Sam

      ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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