Do you have water damage at your Chicago, IL property due to a leaky or burst pipe? We can help.
Did you know that household leaks waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide each year? That’s equivalent to the water use of more than 11 million homes. In fact, even a minor household leak can waste about 10,000 gallons of water each year.
And you know what that means – higher utility bills for your family and a risk of damage for your home.
Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, we take care of all water damage across Chicago and the suburbs caused by household plumbing leaks – this includes dripping faucets, leaking water heaters, frozen burst pipes, and more.
Don’t delay. Let us repair your damages and restore your peace of mind.
We Repair Water Damage Caused by These Plumbing Issues & More
Frozen Burst Pipes
Did your frozen water pipe burst at your Chicago property? It can happen with the first hard freeze, and it can happen when aging pipes fail. Whatever the cause, our experienced technicians know how to fix it. We clean up and repair water damage caused by burst pipes in basements, behind walls and under sinks in all types of residential and commercial properties across Chicagoland.
Sprinkler Pipe Leaks
A malfunctioning sprinkler system floods rooms and spreads water contaminated with sediment and rust. Immediately addressing the water damage caused by broken sprinkler pipes reduces the chance of stains setting in carpets and furnishings.
Busted Water Heater Leaks
You know you need emergency water damage services if your hot water heater busted with water everywhere. We’re on the scene right away to clean up the mess and restore your property to pre-loss condition.
A leaking AC unit soaks ceilings, seeps into walls and ruins carpets. We clean up water damage due to dripping AC water pipes in attics, leaking pipes on outside units and faulty lines in window units. Our technicians handle AC pipe leak damage repair at the house and your business. We take care of large-scale commercial properties too.
Refrigerator Line Leaks
Water leaking from the refrigerator damages kitchen floors and more. A slow leak behind the refrigerator creates an ideal environment for unhealthy mold growth. Our water damage restoration services include expert refrigerator water leak clean up, and we also address mold issues. When you notice any signs of a leaking refrigerator, call us right away.
Washing Machine Leaks
A washing machine leak floods the basement or laundry room in just a few minutes. Whether it’s a water valve leak or ruptured hose, you need help as soon as possible. We’re ready for your call. Our washing machine leak damage restoration restore your property to like-new condition.
When a leaking toilet soaks the bathroom floor, water wicks into walls and damages vanity cabinets. Toilet plumbing leaks inside walls cause mold to grow and quickly spread. Our technicians handle all types of toilet water damage repairs. We’re just a quick phone call away from your home or business.
Kitchen Sink Leaks
You don’t always notice a kitchen sink leak until the damage is done. Moldy smells in the cabinet are a sure sign of kitchen sink leakage. Ruptured kitchen sink pipes turn into a disaster that quickly soaks floors, walls, and cabinets. We clean up the water damage caused by slow leaks under the sink and behind the wall, and we take care of burst kitchen pipe damage as well.
Supply Line Leaks
We’ll identify and resolve supply line leaks to stop water waste and damage in your home. Whether your plumbing is brand-new or years old, our team will clean up the damage caused by supply line leaks completely.
From outdoor faucet leaks to broken pipes, we provide comprehensive water damage restoration for outdoor leaks. Let us help you stop water leaks and prevent damage to your home and landscaping.
Leaks at the Workplace
We tackle water damage caused by leaks in offices, restrooms, pantries, and outdoor fixtures. Let us help you keep your workplace safe, secure, and dry.
Our 5-Step Plumbing Leak Water Damage Repair Process
1. Identify and Repair the Source.
There are many different signs and symptoms of a burst pipe (here’s how to avoid them), and our first priority is to identify and fix the source of your plumbing problem.
We first shut off the water main and locate the problem with our advanced water damage technology for direct access to repairs.
Our technicians take care of the pipe rupture and seal off leakage. In case of large breaks or complicated pipe replacement, we bring in a certified plumber.
2. Follow up with water extraction.
We use heavy-duty extracting equipment to access areas where a water pipe has busted so that we can thoroughly remove standing water. This critical part of the process minimizes mold and bacterial growth in affected materials.
3. Check all other pipes.
Often, pipes and plumbing adjacent to the original leak are at risk of failure. We inspect joints, fittings, valves and connections to be sure everything is in good shape.
4. Dry out damaged areas
We use special sublimation techniques to eliminate moisture from all hard and soft surfaces and materials. Our industry-proven process completely dries sheetrock, carpets, subflooring, ceilings and furnishings.
5. Restore & Reconstruct Your Property.
As licensed contractors, we handle all necessary remediation and reconstruction. We coordinate our project schedule so that our tradespeople are on the scene as needed, and we quickly restore your property to its original condition.
Our services cover ruptured, leaking and busted water pipes in residential and commercial properties across Chicago, IL and the suburbs. We take care of multi-family buildings, high-rise condos, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and more. Our technicians handle every type of job regardless of location.
7 Warning Signs of a Leaky Pipe in Your Chicago Home
Not sure if you have a leaky pipe? Look for these telltale signs:
- Fluctuating water pressure. If your water pressure fluctuates up and down, it’s a warning sign that there’s something wrong in your plumbing. Contact a plumber to check for burst or leaking pipes.
- The water has a strange color. If your water has a brownish tint, it could be a sign of rusted or corroded pipes.
- The water smells strange. If you smell a rotten-egg odor in your water, it could be a sign of a broken pipe that’s leaking sewage into your water supply.
- You notice standing water. Puddles forming under sinks or near other water-bearing appliances is a danger sign of leaking or burst pipes.
- Your pipes are noisy. If your pipes bang or clang when the water runs, or you can hear rushing water in your walls, it could be a sign of broken or faulty pipes.
- The water bill is high. If your water costs have gone up unexpectedly, it could be a sign that your pipes are failing.
- You notice water stains. Dark spots, water marks, or moist areas on your walls or ceilings are all sure signs of leaks. You may also notice blistering or peeling paint in affected areas.
The ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba Difference:
- 50+ years of combined restoration experience
- Guaranteed response time of under 90 minutes
- We manage your insurance claims
- Licensed, bonded, insured, IICRC certified
- We answer your call the first time
- Friendly customer service
What Causes Pipes to Leak or Burst in Chicago?
Pipes rupture and burst for all sorts of reasons. Here are a few of the largest culprits:
- Age. As pipes age, they become weak at vulnerable areas like joints, seals, and fittings. Over time, this can lead to a pipe bursting or breaking.
- Corrosion. Chemical corrosion is one of the most common causes of a burst pipe. Whether it’s because you’ve got hard water or you routinely pour chemicals down the drain, certain compounds can corrode your pipes and cause them to burst.
- Excessive or irregular pressure. Changes in water pressure can cause weakened pipes (those already affected by age or corrosion) to burst. If you notice inconsistent water flow in your house, contact a plumber to prevent a future disaster.
- Movement. If your home’s pipes aren’t anchored correctly, they may shake loose and bang against other elements of your home, eventually causing damage and breakage.
What to do During an Emergency Water Leak in Chicago
You’ve got an emergency water leak on your hands, and you’re not sure what to do. Keep calm and follow these steps:
- Shut off the water main. First things first, shut off the main water supply to the building. This will stop the leak and help prevent further damage.
- Release the pressure. Release pressure from the building’s pipes by opening all the taps at the kitchen and bathroom faucets. This helps relieve the pressure in the building’s pipes and prevent burst or broken pipes.
- Sop up moisture. If the damage is minimal and the area is safe for you to enter (there are no electrical or other hazards present), use towels and sponges to sop up standing water. The sooner you can get the water off the floor, the less likely your building is to experience extensive damage.
- Dry the area out. Place household fans in the affected area to promote airflow, and open windows and doors to speed up the drying process.
- Call in the professionals. Next, it’s time to call in the big guns. Even a minor water leak can cause extensive, unseen damage in your Chicago home or business. Contact a plumber to stop and repair the leaks, and then call ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba for a comprehensive water damage assessment. Our team will identify the extent of the water damage and provide necessary cleanup and restoration.
After burst pipe or frozen pipe repair, a plumber’s job is done. Water damage restoration professionals follow up with cleaning and restoration services that plumbers simply can’t offer, including cleanup, sanitation and reconstruction.
Typically, most policies cover 100 percent of water damages excluding your deductible. However, be sure to check coverage details with your agent. We need as much information as possible so that we can help you file your water damage restoration claim.
Once we inspect the problem, we carefully explain the restoration work involved and provide a cost estimate. Be careful of contractors who quote a price over the phone.