5 steps to take if you have a water leakAugust 19th, 2020 | by Stacy Pierce | Posted in Water Restoration | #emergency plumbing, #water damage, #water leak, #water restoration
Swift action to control a water leak can make all the difference when it comes to preventing significant water damage to your property.
We recommend you take the following steps immediately:
- Don’t panic. We often injure ourselves when we are acting out of fear.
- Stop the flow of water. Shut off the main water line to your home if the flooding is caused by a water heater failure or burst pipe. This can be done by finding the shut-off valve located outside your home, usually near the street hidden under a small concrete cover. Often, you can find a secondary shut-off valve in the garage.
- If you have excessive flooding near electrical equipment or power outlets, turn off the electricity from the main source (this usually isn’t necessary for small leaks).
- Do not enter the area if standing water exists, as there may be a potential risk of electric shock.
- Call a professional immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage occurs. Mold and mildew will begin developing within 24-48 hours.
If you have a water leak in your home or office, call the trusted professionals at IRP to get you back to life as quickly and safely as possible. Our unique mixture of construction and insurance claims handling experience set us apart from the competition.