Surprising Water Leak? 5 Simple Steps to Limit Damage
Have you woken up to an unexpected leak in your home? We understand it can be scary, frustrating, and cause anxiety. Here are 5 simple steps for you to mitigate the issue to limit damage before calling a professional.
1. Turn off the Water and Electricity
First things first, you will need to find the location of the main water shut-off valve and electricity in your house. Depending on the house, the water-shut off valve can be located either near the water heater or under the kitchen sink.
The electrical panel should be in a box out-of-the-way in the corner of your home.
Turning off the water will ensure no further leaks occur while shutting off the electricity will prevent any electrical damage such as fires or shock hazards.
If you are unsure about turning off your water and electricity, give us a call, we will stay on the line to instruct you.
2. Stop the Spread of Water
Until the experts arrive, we recommend trying your best to stop the leak from spreading even further.
Water damage does not just stop if the doors are closed between rooms in a house. The water can spread beneath walls and inside structures even after the leaking has stopped. To prevent the water spreading any further, try your best to use a mop or towels to soak up leaks.
Try stuffing some towels in the bottom clearance of the doors to stop it from leaking underneath. Check out our blogs on carpet water damage and wooden floors water damage.
3. Stop the Spread of Mold Contamination
With every water leak comes the risk of mold contamination. The most important thing to do is act fast as mold can start growing within 24 hours after flood or water damage. Mold can also be a big health risk.
Our biggest recommendation is to remove the water as quickly as possible and dry the areas. If you see mold forming, check out our blog on the difference between mold and mildew and the best course of action for cleaning up both.
4. Find the Source of the Leak
Before the professionals arrive, try to find where the leak is coming from. This will give you a chance to try to stop it from causing further damage. Be sure to use caution and be safe as you search.
But don’t worry, our team are experts in this field and will help restore your home or business quickly and professionally.
5. Call Us!
From burst pipes to plumbing failures and storm damage, we are a 24-hour, 7 day a week emergency response service dedicated to helping you. For further resources and advice, check us out here. You can always contact us with any questions you may have.