How to prevent pipe bursts and costly water damage restoration

How to prevent pipe bursts and costly water damage restoration

COLORADO SPRINGS – The drastic temperature change over the Christmas weekend burst many pipes. A plumber was working overtime to ensure people had help with water damage in an emergency.

“It feels good to be able to serve and help and be there in times of need,” said Lucas Lujan, owner of Lujan Plumbing Services and Installations.

Other plumbers could not keep up with the demand, leaving people without water.

“It felt hopeless because I was pressed for time,” said Sierra Toler, an Airbnb cleaning service owner. “We just went straight to voicemails.”

Four pipes burst in one of Toler’s Airbnb homes on Christmas Eve. Toler said her crew at Soulful Quality Cleaning were hesitant to call a plumber because they thought they could fix it themselves, “but that wasn’t the case at all.”

Lujan said to turn off the water immediately and call a plumber. Waiting could do more damage and cost more to repair. He said people should leave their taps running and turn the heating up to at least 65 degrees when outside temperatures are freezing.

A pipe burst in a church school on Christmas Eve. This caused an inch and a half flooding in the chapel.

“Water leaked into the hallway, a little bit into our library, which is across the hall,” said Springs Adventist Academy Administrative Assistant and Treasurer Rhonda Shibley.

Shibley said they needed to move the Christmas Eve service from the chapel to the library.

“It could have been so much worse … it could have been so bad that we would have had to close the school,” Shibley said.

In emergencies, Lujan said he could reach people within hours.

“We are also asking customers to be patient with us as there is a limited supply of plumbers at the moment,” Lujan said.

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