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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Handle Differenct Types Of Water Removal Issues In New Orleans

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Crucial Factors that Might Affect Water Removal in Your New Orleans Home

Water spills can happen any time, whether from leaking pipes or faulty appliances. When such incidents happen, removing water from the building fast is essential to prevent other pressing issues. Faster removal also means the house can be safe for habitation within a reasonable period, so you do not need to incur unwanted costs such as seeking alternative accommodation. We offer professional water removal services that can help you get the results you expect.

The Category of the Water Loss

The primary process of water removal from affected New Orleans homes is not complicated because it only takes equipment to lift the standing water followed by a drying phase to deal with moisture remnants. However, some prevailing factors during an incident can complicate the process leading to delays. The type of water involved is one such factor. Clean water is easy to deal with because it only requires extraction and drying. Other forms of water loss such as gray water may involve debris dissolved in the water preventing full utilization of extraction equipment.

The Kind of Materials Involved

The materials present in the area affected by the spill can also affect the removal process. Porous materials such as carpets absorb and hold water. Removal might take several passes with an extraction tool or even require removal of the carpet first. The situation is different on a hard floor such as concrete or tiles where the water forms pools allowing straightforward extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians have different types of equipment to handle water removal from different materials, including:

  • Squeegee wand extractors for hard surfaces
  • Water Claws for extraction from carpets
  • Injecti-dry systems for concealed areas
  • Sub-surface spot lifting tools

Level of Accessibility

While most of the spilled water may spread across rooms or other open surfaces where extraction is easy, sometimes it might reach concealed areas. Removing water from such areas is difficult and can prolong the entire process. Attics, wall cavities, and cabinets are a few examples of areas where extraction might be tricky. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts, drill weep holes, or use other approaches to ease removal.

Expediting water removal prevents many problems that develop due to stagnation. Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to assist. You can reach us at (504) 348-7526 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How to Dry Water Damaged Structural Components of Your New Orleans Home

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Teams in New Orleans Talk About Problems With Drying Exterior Walls

Plumbing failures happen quite often in New Orleans, and a small crack inside one of your water pipes can spill hundreds of gallons of H2O into your house in a short period. Once moisture starts to leak into the interior of your home, many of your contents and building materials can become the victim of water damage. In some more extreme situations, saturated building materials must be removed and replaced. Whenever our SERVPRO technicians mitigate water damage in any building, we work towards drying out and saving materials as opposed to removing and replacing them.  

The applied structural drying or ASD process can save you and your insurance company money during the restoration process. Also, when mitigating water damage in New Orleans, our SERVPRO team knows that drying out items can cause less disturbance to the building's occupants than tearing down walls does. However, if building materials lose their structural integrity once they get saturated, then the replacement of items is necessary.  

During many plumbing failure situations, many items such as your carpet and drywall become water damaged. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs at SERVPRO can usually dry out these items using air movers to circulate the air in the building and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air. However, some building materials such as exterior walls can be challenging to dry out.  

Most exterior walls include a layer of insulation. The insulation is installed to trap heat inside a structure, but it can also work as a barrier to prevent air from getting pushed into exterior walls. In some situations, when insulation gets wet, the R-value drops and the material must get removed.  

However, when dealing with fiberglass insulation air can get pushed through the material, and exterior walls can be dried and saved. In some situations, our technicians drill holes on the bottom and top of your drywall so that air can circulate inside your wall cavities and dry out your exterior walls.  

If your house ever suffers from a plumbing failure, it is wise to call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 as soon as you notice you have a problem.

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Our Technicians Have The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your New Orleans Property

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

The carpet suffered from water damage after a washer leak. The carpet was pulled up and air movers were used to dry under the effected areas.

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage in New Orleans Rental Property

One of the worst kinds of water damage to have in a property is the kind you were not told about before it became a bigger problem. Unfortunately, the tenants in rental properties sometimes ignore leaking pipes or poor ventilation until the results affect them directly.

SERVPRO remediated water damage to a New Orleans rental property that had a laundry room with a long term leaking supply line behind a washing machine. The tenants ignored the warping drywall and growing musty odor. The landlord discovered it when they moved out. After completing the repairs on the supply line, his next call was to us.

After removal of the damaged drywall, our technicians used thermal moisture detectors; the technician found the moisture wicked in the wall space covered a more substantial area then it appeared visually. Weep holes help warm air circulate and speed the drying process of a dampened wall cavity.

Lowering humidity below 45% inhibits the growth of mold, which unfortunately tends to set up home in areas of the house where moisture excesses occur and are not addressed. Any time our technicians deal with a water loss issue, we conduct a thorough inspection for mold or the potential for mold growth.

During the drying process, SERVPRO air movers pull moisture to the surfaces to allow complete drying of saturated building materials, dehumidifiers such as our specialized desiccant models capture and port out the water vapor. We use unique configurations that fit over baseboards and force air behind wall cavities to ensure all damp areas are thoroughly dried. A piece of advanced equipment called the injecti-dry is a valuable tool in the drying process.

Once the laundry room meets established drying goals, our technicians clean and disinfect the entire area to ensure it is sanitary and ready for new tenants. After a water loss, a residual odor sometimes remains. We can rectify this with multiple applications as necessary to neutralize any musty smells. Two reliable methods are ULV fogging that can quickly eliminate odors and our Hydroxyl generators that can remove odors at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank proudly serves our local area for mitigating water damage. Call our emergency response team at (504) 348-7526 for immediate help with your water loss problem. We can make it "Like it never even happened."

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How to Tackle Water Damage in Your New Orleans Home

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Protecting the Carpets in Your Water-Damaged New Orleans Home

While you have no control over the spread of water loss incidents throughout your New Orleans home, you can plan to reach out to professional restorers that have the equipment and expertise to help. Our team has state-of-the-art equipment that can remove moisture and dampness from saturated elements and materials, often preserving them from demolition and necessary replacement. This effective mitigation and restoration in an emergency begin with a homeowner that reaches out to our professionals quickly.

Protecting areas like your carpeting can be a priority when facing water damage in your New Orleans home. Many homeowners have invested a great deal of money into the installation and upkeep of the carpets in their home, and widespread irreparable damage can prove a costly and often unnecessary expense. With our fast response in emergencies, our SERVPRO technicians can focus our mitigation efforts on drying out saturated carpets to save our customer’s money and time.

From the time that our technicians first arrive at your home, we begin our assessment of the damage with thermal imagery and moisture detection. While the source of the water damage has likely been shut off by this point, assessing the point of this damage and repairing it when necessary is an important step to ensuring that mitigation and restoration work is effective. Protecting your carpets often begins with the use of our weighted extraction system. This remote-controlled ROVER forces moisture from the carpet and subflooring to the surface for extraction by the high-powered onboard vacuum.

Once most of this moisture and dampness has gotten removed through weighted extraction, our SERVPRO professionals can float the carpets to ensure that they get dried thoroughly. This process involves uninstalling this flooring from the edges of the room and setting up our air movers to run between the carpet and the subflooring. Once the area gets dried, we can use our premier carpet cleaning equipment to provide a polished finished product.

While many steps make up restoration of your water-damaged home, these processes cannot begin without reaching out to our certified professionals. You can reach our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team 24/7 at (504) 348-7526.

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How Professionals Remove Water From Your New Orleans Property

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with water extraction equipment.

SERVPRO - Professional Water Removal for New Orleans Homes

For a New Orleans home to flood, it does not need a levee to break or even for it to rain. Many of the water issues can come from innocuous sources like a split water hose to a dishwasher or when a shut-off valve fails to perform as designed.  

In each case, water removal is still crucial for New Orleans homes. SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand that even a small amount of water can adversely affect floors, carpets, and walls if not quickly taken out of the home.  

For large amounts of water, our team members start with pumps and other extraction devices. Our commercial pumps can remove the majority of the water in a day or two, depending on the size of the home. This initial action stops much of the damage and prevents any further issues from happening.  

Next, technicians use other devices to draw water off floors and out of carpets. For closets and other small areas, they use extraction wands. They can adjust the vacuum rate on these portable devices to quickly remove the water without causing secondary damage to carpet fibers or wood floorboards.  

In living rooms and other large areas, team members use extractors that move slowly under their power while a SERVPRO Franchise professionals ride on or walks behind to monitor the results and adjust accordingly. If there is a pad underneath, our personnel detach the carpet from the floor, roll it up and remove the soaked, foam rubber pad for disposal.  

As specialists finish the carpets and floors, other team members examine the walls for damage. Drywall panels are excellent material for interior walls, but they can soak up an incredible amount of water in a short period. Even just an inch or two of flooding can cause panels to crack and crumble. If there are no visible signs yet, they can use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force warm air across the surface, pushing out moisture into the air and push it outside the home.  

Since there is often some water behind the walls, team members remove the floor trim and drill several small holes into affected panels behind it. That allows water to drain, and then other specialists insert a hose attached to an air mover to force warm, dry air into the wall cavity to dry the panels and the wall framing.  

At SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank, our task is to return every flooded home to its owner in a dry condition and safe to live in once more. It is not a simple or even a quick process in some cases, but we ensure the owner understands everything we do to place her, and her family, back into their residence as quickly as possible. If you need us, call (504) 348-7526 today to get started.

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Leaks Do Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team Of Water Damage Specialists In New Orleans

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Once the water has seeped through the drywall, there can already be multiple issues happening from warping wood to mold growth.

Water Damage Caused By In-Wall Leaks In New Orleans

It started with a small drip when the seal of a pipe failed. The drip happened everytime the water was used, and it slowly destroyed the interior wall causing water damage before it was even noticed. Once the water has seeped through the drywall announcing the problem, there can already be multiple issues happening from warping wood to mold growth. SERVPRO can work with you to reverse this situation in the most expedient manner possible.

As soon as the leak is repaired, SERVPRO can go to work for you cleaning up the water damage in your New Orleans home. Beginning at the source and moving outward, our technicians will carefully inspect the walls, floors, and because carpet padding can spread water, carpeted areas to determine the scale of the damage from the leak.

Water-stained walls sometimes make the problem look worse than it actually is. Your SERVPRO technician can ascertain how serious the leak is and quickly devise the fastest course of action to mitigate initial and prevent secondary damage to your home. This can include removal of objects and possessions affected by water and unsalvageable building materials. Our team can create a customized drying plan that will remove water and handle any residual dampness in the wall area, inhibit the growth of harmful mold and keep your restoration expenses down.

Using air movers is one way our team can effectively dry the room quickly. Correct placement of the air mover in the room is crucial to expediting the removal of residual moisture and drying the walls, floors, and objects as fast as possible.

When you notice a leak, the clock starts ticking to mitigate the consequences on your property. Water damage needs to be addressed quickly. The highly-trained technicians of SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank are ready to assist you to stop leaks and reduce the damage caused by water in your home with our state-of-the-art equipment and drying techniques. Call us at (504) 348-7526 to reach our 24-hour service line.

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How to Prepare for an Adjuster’s Visit After Water Damage

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in a utility closet in New Orleans,LA

Returning your home in New Orleans,LA to its previous state after it has sustained water damage can seem overwhelming. In order to replace and repair damaged items and parts of your home, a home adjuster will need to make an assessment to verify what has been damaged. There are several steps you can take to make an adjuster’s visit easier.

1. Speak with Your Insurance Company

In order to have an adjuster come to your home, you must first inform your insurance company of the damage that has occurred. Your company can advise you what type of insurance you have and what sort of damage is covered under your policy. Additionally, speaking with your insurance company will give you the chance to ask questions you may have about deadlines to file a claim and what to do next.

2. Complete and Compile Paperwork

To make an insurance claim, there are various documents that must be completed. Although every company will have different forms that must be filled out, you will need to have a list of what has been damaged in your home. If your home is structurally damaged, ask contractors to assess the damage and provide you with an estimated cost to fix the damage. Any documentation you can provide to your insurance will help you be properly reimbursed.

3. Make Needed Repairs

If there are repairs that truly need to be made to your home immediately, you don’t have to wait for an adjuster to arrive before making the necessary repairs. Instead, make sure you have thoroughly documented the damage prior to starting the restoration process. Without spending excessively or fixing superficial issues, make the repairs that will keep your home safe.

After your home has been damaged by water, it’s important to appropriately prepare for a home adjuster to visit. While preparing for an adjuster, make sure to contact professionals in water cleanup in order to restore your home.

Prepare the Inside of Your Home To Avoid Water Damage

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Take preventative action in your home to avoid water damage

Finding water in the home is an unfortunately common occurrence, but you can still take steps to try to avoid it. Here are some things you can do in New Orleans, LA, to prevent broken pipes and other typical water damage issues.

Tips and Tricks To Prevent Plumbing Problems

Use this checklist to take preventative action in your home. Some of these suggestions are helpful habits to incorporate into your day-to-day life. Others only need to be done once or twice a year.

• Instead of pouring grease down the drain, pour it into a can or jar to either upcycle or dispose of when full.

• Don’t use chemicals to unclog drains. The same ingredients that help to eat away at your drain blockage can also chew through your pipes. Instead, use some type of drain snake or augur for your pipe cleanup.

• Look up at your ceilings and even go up to your attic. Look down at the floor near your water sources such as sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. Take note if any of these areas are prone to moisture or water in your home.

• Keep up with the maintenance for your major appliances such as sump pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters. Slow leaks can sometimes do as much damage overall as a broken pipe.

• Pay attention to your average water bill. If it starts to climb or abruptly rises without reason, check for a leak. This is an easy way to be alerted to potential issues where you can take preemptive action prior to a full pipe cleanup.

What Now?

Even after preparing for water in home spaces, it is possible that something unforeseen can happen. When water damage happens, don’t fret. Consult your local restoration specialists and refer to the tips and tricks checklist to see if there is further preparation that can be done to avoid future issues.

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How To Prevent Home Flooding

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in New Orleans home.

For many homeowners, stormy weather, sewer backups, broken pipes, and the flood that follows are inevitable nuisances. And when water damage is added into the mix, that nuisance can become a budget-breaking disaster. While there are plenty of great services in West Bank, New Orleans, that help homes recover, and insurance coverage may take care of some water damage, it’s always better to be preemptive with home maintenance. With these three practices, anyone can prevent most water damage.

1. Have Regular Plumbing Checkups

Taking a few hours for an inspection of a home’s plumbing is a great way to ensure its fidelity. It is unnecessary to call in a professional, especially if there aren’t any previous signs of leakage. However, if there are signs, it’s vital to call in someone to fix the broken pipe. Catching the problem in its early stages is the best way to prevent a serious flood. This step is particularly important in winter when pipes tend to freeze.

2. Examine Nearby Sewer Systems

Sewer backups, becoming more common in recent years, are something else a homeowner needs to keep an eye on. Contacting the local officials in New Orleans, LA, is a good way to learn more information about the septic system a home is based upon. Ensure that the system up to code, and make sure it is clear of debris or refuse.

3. Be Aware of the Environment

A great way for a homeowner to care for his or her property is paying attention to the environment. Tree roots, when left to their own devices, can tear apart metal pipes. In the event of cold weather, the water within pipes can freeze. A broken washing machine can cause flooding in a laundry room, and an unsealed basement can become a lagoon after heavy rain. Keeping an eye on all of this can prevent water damage.

To sum it all up, a home flood, and the water damage that follows, can be prevented by simple home maintenance. Still, if there are concerns, contact a professional. We're Here to Help.

4 Ways Flooded Electronics Can Be Damaged

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water can ruin electronics in your home or business

Flooded electronics are usually all too common in Bridge City, LA and as technology continues to improve at lightning speed, the problem of water-damaged electronics may not be diminishing. With the intricacy of the makeup of electronics, it can be difficult to assess what exactly is wrong when an electronic is flooded and what to do. The first question to address is what exactly does water do to your electronic equipment? Here are four ways your laptop and computer to iPad and Bluetooth player can be damaged with flooding.

1. Water Can Damage Functioning

First, water can introduce contaminants into an electronic that can damage functioning. These contaminants can include various chemicals, oil, sewage or other particles, which can cause damage to materials within the electronic or affect the operation of components within it.

2. Water Can Reduce Lubrication

Next, water often affects lubrication of mechanisms, which can affect performance. Flooded electronics generally don’t operate in the same way as dry electronics, because the water can wash away the lubricating agent.

3. Water Can Cause Corrosion

Also, water can corrode certain materials, such as metal, adhesives and plastic, which may cause electronic damage. Certain chemicals and debris, such as salt, can deteriorate materials that are essential to the performance of an item, such as hard drives or circuit boards.

4. Water Can Ruin Insulation

Finally, water may affect insulation of different components within flooded electronics. It is typically imperative that the various components of a device be properly insulated to remain compartmentalized and function correctly.

What To Do To Restore Electronics

Each electronic is different; therefore, the electronic damage can be different. This is why it’s usually important to not just troubleshoot on your own, but to talk with the manufacturer to determine the best course of action. The manufacturer or professional restoration expert is often the best adviser on whether a product should be replaced, cleaned in a specific way or air dried. Then, you can be on your way to restoring your electronics.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes, the Right Way

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Loss to living room after a Pipe Break

Even though spring has begun to blossom away, those chilly winter nights in New Orleans, LA, can still be prominent. One common maintenance issue homeowners can have during colder weather involves frozen pipes. The following three tips discuss some ways to avoid pipe problems when ice is in the forecast.

1. Ice Alert

Scientifically put, water expands when it is at freezing levels. Metal and plastic pipes could face serious pressure when the water inside them freezes, causing them to break. Pipes that are prone to freeze frequently include ones that are exposed to the cold elements, pipes that run along outside walls and pipes in unheated indoor areas. Watch out for these vulnerable locations that can quickly cause an issue.

2. Cooler Areas

Many homeowners wouldn't think twice about a lowered thermostat or a minor leak, but such aspects can become a concern when they contribute to frozen pipes. A thermostat set at too low of a temperature can result in your pipes freezing – especially when temperatures plummet at night. Sealing leaks can help you prevent cold air from coming inside, which could also play a role in pipe complications.

3. Freeze Prevention

Another common factor that can lead to a water line repair involves your faucets. During colder evenings, you can leave a faucet trickling lightly to keep water flowing. Faucets against outside walls are notorious for getting too cold. If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, having a friend check on your home to ensure no pipes have frozen is another wise step.

Even if you don't live in a cold climate, chilly weather can bring on all sorts of pipe problems. When frozen pipes have already happened, a professional can take a close inspection to see what action might be necessary. Once you've kept your pipes in line, both your water and your life can get back to their regular flow.

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24 Hour Availability

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers and air movers drying a restaurant water damage.

Water Damage in Commercial Building

When a facility suffers a pipe burst don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Wesbank. We are 24 hours a day to mitigate your loss.

In this image you can see we were using several types of drying equipment. The reason we place drying equipment in water damaged structures is to make sure that the water evaporates quickly to prevent secondary damage. Secondary damage is any damage that happens after the initial damage.

  • Mold Growth
  • High Humidity
  • Bad Odor

The worst of the secondary damage is mold. Mold loves moisture and can grow very quickly. That is why we use equipment like fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, and HEPA filtered air scrubbers to prevent making the drying process quicker.

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Ice Damming and Roof Repair

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Ice damage can occur with ice damming. Ice damming occurs when an ice dam forms on the roof of your house. Typically, an ice dam forms near or in your gutters. An ice dam can cause incredible damage to your home. While most homeowners are concerned about frozen pipes, not all realize just how much ice damage can occur with ice damming. Storm restoration is essential after ice damming. If you notice an ice dam beginning to form, don't wait to get help for it.

Steps of Storm Damage Repair

Whether you have frozen pipes or flooding, water restoration is an essential part of storm remediation. Contact a storm restoration expert who can perform home restoration on your property after a storm. A home restoration expert will work with you to restore your house to its previous state. Home restoration may involve a number of steps for storm remediation. For example, your home restoration company may advise you have a roof repair as part of storm remediation. They may also recommend using a flood pump as part of storm remediation. The goal is to fix your home as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can continue living your life after the storm. Visit http://www.SERVPROtheneworleanswestbank.com for more information on storm damage.

Inspecting for Common Types of Water Damage

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Inspecting for Common Types of Water Damage

Once the water stops flowing, the restoration company can do a thorough inspection and look for any common signs of water damage. Most damage seen in a flooded home is around the source of the leak. Very rarely will that flood damage spread to other areas of the home. For a pipe that breaks inside the wall, they may need to remove the drywall to check out the space between the walls. They may need to check inside the floors too.

Pumping Out Water

When a pipe break leads to a flooded home, mitigation and restoration experts must use extraction methods to remove the standing water in a business or home. The most common extraction method is the use of a flood pump. These are the same pumps used in homes after hurricane season. Depending on the amount of flood damage and the amount of water in the home, they may use multiple pumps rather than a single pump.

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What is a Category 1 water damage?

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Category 1 - This category is also known as the “clean water” damage.

If you home has suffered a Category 1 water loss then the source of the problem uses clean water. Examples of a clean water source would be your water heater or broken pipe.

Cleanup of a Category 1 water damage is the least invasive and least time consuming.

Restoration technicians will use either a truck mounted extractor or a portable extractor to remove the water from carpets and pads. Some will even lift the carpet out of the way and remove the pad all together since it acts as a sponge.
The next step will be to remove your baseboards and drill holes about 16 inches apart to provide airflow behind the drywall. These will be covered up by the baseboards when finished.
Lastly, air movers and dehumidifiers are arranged in a pattern that will increase evaporation and dehumidification.

What a Water Damage Company Can Do After a Pipe Break

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

What a Water Damage Company Can Do After a Pipe Break

There are few things worse than discovering a pipe break in the middle of the night. The only thing worse might be not finding that broken pipe until the following morning. As the water moves through the pipe, it doesn't distinguish between a crack or hole and its usual access point. It will keep flowing through that pipe and spilling out until you shut off the water and fix the pipe. Before trying to deal with the water cleanup and drying on your own, you can find out what a restoration and mitigation company will do about the water in a home or the water in a business that they see.

Controlling the Flow of Water

The first thing that a restoration company can do after a pipe break is find a way to control the flow of water. They can do this in one of two ways. If it's a supply line break that provides water to your toilet or an appliance, a technician can simply turn the shut off valve and stop the water. With broken pipes inside the walls, the tech will check the basement for the whole house water shut off valve. This usually sits on the front of the house and near the street. Turning this know shuts off all water to the house.

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