Due to whatever reason, water damage can cause several health hazards. The majority of reasons; however, fall into two categories; a small drip as water passes through or a continuous spray of water. In any case, the leakage must be stopped as soon as possible in order to avert serious damage to property and health. Here are some measures that you need to follow in case you notice water leakage in your home.
Shut off Water Supply
The first thing you would need to do to stop a leak would be to shut off the water supply to the area where the leakage is detected. This can be done by shutting off the valve to that area. However, if the leak is hard to detect, then you need to shut off the major valve, the one that is located at the point cold water enters the house.
Remove Water from affected areas
After the leak has been contained, remove excess water from the affected areas as soon as possible. Take a bucket, cup, mop, cloth, towels and rags to clean the affected areas. Try to remove as much water from the surface of the walls and floors as possible as water can penetrate into these surfaces and cause damage.
Ventilate the area
After removing excess water from the affected areas, ventilate the latter so that they dry quickly. Consider placing a fan near these areas or opening nearby windows and doors to let the sunlight in and the areas dry naturally. Remember, the sooner the areas dry, the better.
Check for other affected areas
After stopping the leak and drying the affected areas, check for other possible areas in the house, which might have been affected by water damage. For instance, if the leak occurred in an upstairs bathroom, check the ceiling, walls and floors in the rooms below to see if water has seeped into them.
Call a Water Damage Restoration Professional
Calling a water damage restoration professional to inspect the house would be considered a wise option even if you manage to contain the leak. The professional would be able to adjudge whether the leak has really been contained, and if there are any other areas in the house that might be affected by the leak. You can get a free inspection done by the expert (most of them offer home inspection services free) who would also be the best option in case the leak is large and the water damage caused by it is substantial.
Never panic when you spot a leak in the house. At the same time, do not neglect it as it could lead to more damages in the future. Consider these points when dealing with water damage caused by a leak, and call the experts for advice when you do not know what to do.