Category Archives: Frozen and Burst Pipes

Heading into winter with Raining Kate’s
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Winter Restoration Tips

Tips for Winter – With Raining Kate’s

It looks like we are going to spend the remainder of 2020 social distancing. While we anticipate a new year of overcoming this pandemic in 2021, Raining Kate’s wants to remind our customers we are still here for you in 2020. We are continuing to take extra precautions on site with our customers, while also taking extra precautions when we are not on the job. That means extra PPE, additional measures for disinfecting restoration equipment after each job, and asking that our customers wear masks while we are onsite.


 

DIY Water Damage Restoration Tips

Now Offering Equipment Rental and Restoration Guidance

For a variety of reasons, many of our customers are requesting to rent water damage restoration equipment so they can attempt work themselves. We are now offering a service offering all the tools you need in addition to professional guidance by an IICRC certified technician. Read More 

 


Protect Your Home Or Business During A Freeze

Even in Texas we experience freezing temperatures a few times a year. Any time temperatures drop below 32 degrees there are a few things you should do to prevent damage at you home or commercial property.

Set Faucets to a Drip 

Open your cold water faucets to allow them to drip, even just a trickle. Running water through the pipe keeps it from freezing. Open up your cabin doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls. It might be annoying, or you might feel like you are wasting water…but the freeze will pass! What you don’t want, I promise you, is a very expensive restoration job after a pipe burst and sends inches of standing water throughout your home or business.

Texas freeze tips

Wrap Exposed Pipes – Locate Water Shut Off Valve

Be sure to wrap any pipes outside that are exposed or inside that are not in heated areas (such as a garage). If you have a washing machine in an unheated garage, shut off the water to the machine. Disconnect garden hoses and insulate with Styrofoam covers. Covers for pipes and outside faucets can be found at your local hardware store.  Most importantly, locate your water shut off valve and make sure you know how to turn it off. In the event that a pipe does burst, shutting off the water to your property will be the first thing you do to stop the water. Once the water is off, call the experts at RAINING KATE’S. We will cleanup the mess and get your home or business back to normal!

Frozen Pipe Burst

 

 


Local Texas Business

Distance Socially ~ Support Locally 

Please continue to support local businesses this holiday season. It is no secret that our small and local businesses have been hit hard in 2020. Join us as we avoid buying gifts on Amazon! Buy a gift certificates or order online from favorite local businesses instead!

We are making sure that we are playing it as safe as possible on a day to day basis in our work and our personal lives. However, we want to be sure we remain aware of where we spend our money.  Our focus this holiday season will be on investing locally on the businesses that keep our local communities thriving, vibrant, and unique.

 

 

If you need residential or commercial flood cleanup services, then we invite you to call the leading team in the area: Raining Kate’s. You can reach us anytime at (512) 772-1394.

Freeze Tips

Are You Ready for a Freeze in Texas?

New Year Freeze Austin, Texas

After last years freeze, I think everyone in Texas understands the importance of being prepared for freezing temperatures this winter. Here are some quick reminders! Remember to pay special attention to those pipes on outside walls that have the most exposure to the cold outside!

Freeze Tips

  • If possible, turn off water to all outside faucets. Open valves and allow them to drain.
  • Disconnect all garden hoses.
  • Cover faucets with insulating faucet covers. They will help to keep some of the heat from your home inside. They can be purchased at your local hardware store.
  • Set all inside faucets at a drip. Use hot and cold if there are two levers or set in the middle for one. This will open both the hot and water lines. Continued water running through faucets will prevent freezing.
  • Locate your water main valve so that you are prepared to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Insulate any exposed outside pipes. Foam pipe covers can be found at your hardware store.
  • Open cabinet doors under your sinks.
  • Insulate washing machine pipes.

If you believe you have a frozen pipe that has not burst, use heat to attempt to thaw. A space heater or hair dryer can be used for this. Keep faucets open so that water can drain.

What to do if pipe bursts?

Raining Kate’s Flood Restoration

Business Owner and FamilyRaining Kate’s is a local restoration company that takes a sincere and honest approach to every project we take on. In the event that a disaster hits Texas, we won’t take on more than we can handle. This means we will have more time to focus on the customers we contract with and we will stay with you until remediation is complete. We won’t drop equipment at your house to “claim” a job and will always do our best to communicate challenges, arrive when we say we will, and if you are on our waiting list we will continue to update daily until we are able to help. This means that the jobs we do take on will continue to receive top notch service and care. You will have the phone number of the business owner and we will stay in constant contact with you throughout the restoration process.
We are always timely and professional; our goal is to get you get back in your home or office as soon as possible. Our trained, knowledgeable crews use the best equipment in the industry, ensuring that we get the job done right the first time.
Managing the stress of the situation can be overwhelming. So, we will bill the insurance company directly to make it as easy as possible for you. Our billing team specializes in working with insurance and our technicians know how to do the job right, so as to not make costly decisions that will result in work not covered by your insurance. No insurance? That’s okay too! We will work with you.

If you need residential or commercial flood cleanup services, then we invite you to call the leading team in the area: Raining Kate’s. You can reach us anytime at  (512) 772-1394.