What to Do If You Have a Water Leak
As a homeowner, a water leak can wreak havoc on your home and it can lead to costly damage; a plumbing leak can turn into your worst nightmare in the blink of an eye.
Left unchecked, a water leak can:
- Damage flooring
- Destroy furnishings
- Damage ceilings and walls
- Cause hazardous mold
- Require mold remediation
- Destroy cabinets
Whether you have a small, barely noticeable leak or you have a very obvious leak, such as a burst pipe, it’s important to STOP the leak ASAP.
Unfortunately, water leaks are common household events, and they can occur for a variety of reasons during the day or night. For example, a water leak can be caused by an overflowing sink, a leaking dishwasher, or a burst pipe.
Once you discover a water leak, you want to respond correctly in order to minimize damage and save yourself time and money. If you ever do encounter a water leak, here are the steps that you can take to minimize the damage and cut your losses:
- The first order of business is to shut off the water supply to the leaking appliance. If that’s not possible, then you want to shut off the main water supply to your home. If you’re not sure where the shut-off valves are located on your property, now is the time to find out where they are.
- Use towels and/or mops to soak up as much water as you can and to prevent further damage from occurring.
- Move all of the wet belongings to a dry area, and dry them off by hand.
- If you have furniture that has gotten wet, put blocks underneath to raise the furniture above the wet floor.
- If the water has risen to the point where your electrical outlets have gotten wet, shut off the electricity at the fuse/breaker box and contact an experienced electrician.
- If it’s not necessary to contact an electrician, start drying out the area by turning on fans and using a dehumidifier to dry out the wet areas.
- If you have water leaking from the ceiling, put buckets under the leaks.
- If you observe signs of “bowing” with the ceiling, be careful because the ceiling could collapse.
- Contact a plumber right away. At A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc.; we offer emergency services.
If you have a water leak or a plumbing emergency, contact us to schedule a service call with one of our Kansas City plumbers. No plumbing job is too big or too small for us!