Steps To Take When You Have A Leak In The Home

May 6, 2020

There are many problems, which can occur in the home, no matter how well you might look after it. One thing that can happen to any home at any time is a leak. Whether it is the result of a pipe that has cracked or broken, a washing machine fault or whatever else, it is something that you will want to deal with as soon as possible in order to get your home back on track and back to normal. In this post, we will look at some of the steps you should take when you have a leak in your home, so that you know what to do should it occur for you.

Find The Stop Valve

If the leak is continuing to flood out, then you first need to find a way to stop it, and the main way to do that is to find the stop valve for the water. Every home has one, and it should be in a place where you can get to it easily enough. If you do not already know where it is, you should seek it out and make a note of it, as well as noting how to operate it — it should just turn like a tap, but with only the options of on or off. If you cannot find it, ask the estate agent who sold you your home, or who you rent from, or the owners. Someone should know. If necessary, someone from one of your local plumbing companies should be able to find out for you. It is best to check this out today, just in case a leak occurs at some point in the future.

Deal With The Flooding

If your home has been flooded by the leak, then that is the next thing to think about dealing with. You might just have a small leak in your bathroom or kitchen, or you might have come home to an entirely flooded house. Depending on which of those scenarios it is, you will have different routes of action to take. For a smaller flood, you might just need to mop it up yourself using whatever you might have — a mop, towels, whatever you can use. For something causing much more damage, you will want to get the professionals in to have it dealt with properly. Deal with it as soon as possible to minimize the damage caused.

Limit The Damage

You should think about your safety most of all, and turn off the electrics if the flood is threatening to reach any of the sockets and so on. You should also think about limiting the amount of water coming out if turning the valve off did not stop it entirely. In the meantime, call in the professionals and explain that it is an emergency, and they should be able to come and help you as soon as possible. That will ensure that the damage is limited, and then you can look at preventing it happening again in the future.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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