Dealing with water damage is something that we can all agree is an absolute pain, but it’s a reality that many us must deal at some point. Once you do notice a leak, before you jump into cleaning mode, it’s important to know what steps to take to ensure that minimal damage is incurred. If you notice a leak in your bathroom, here’s what to do!
Make Sure There is a Leak
Are you sure that water is the result of a leak? Before you begin panicking, look around to make sure that the pooling water isn’t simply the result of something frivolous. It could simply be the result of someone being a bit too messy after showering, or perhaps a window was left open during a rainstorm. Take the time to look around and determine whether it’s something to be more concerned about.
Shut off the Water
If you have determined that the water is originating from a leak, your first line of action should be to turn off the water. If it’s coming from the faucets, there should be valves underneath the sink connected to it that can shut off the water. You will need to turn the handle clockwise to turn the water off. If it’s somewhere other than the sink, you may need to shut off the water supply to your home. You can do this by going to where your main water valve is (usually located in utility rooms, kitchen, or basement). Once you identify the brass handle, turn it clockwise to shut off.
Clean Up Any Standing Water
Water that lingers around on your floor or countertop can quickly cause damage or lead to mould and mildew growth. Depending on how much has leaked, you may need to incorporate different methods for cleaning up your situation. You can use towels to mop up the water or for more severe cases, you may need to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove water from more sensitive areas, such a carpet or wood.
Call the Plumber
Once the excess water has been removed to prevent further damage, you need to contact a plumber. Plumbing is something that should always be left to a trained technician. They can assess the situation, locate the source of the leak and repair it correctly.
As much as we’d all like to avoid leaks, it’s a reality that we can’t always escape. If a leak should ever occur in your bathroom, now you’ll know exactly what to do in order to prevent any leaks from causing any severe damage to your home.
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