It’s shocking how much damage water can cause. Just a few gallons from a burst pipe or overflowing toilet can wreak havoc throughout your home and necessitate thousands of dollars in repairs. Ouch! What should be done at the first sign of water leakage? First, stop the source. Check under and around the sink, turn off the nearest water valve. If you can’t find it, turn off the main water valve to your home. If you do not know where the main water valve is located, check your home inspection report. Next, do everything you can to soak up as much water as possible. If necessary, lift carpeting. Borrow your neighbours Shop Vac. Pay particular attention to water settling next to walls or inside ductwork. Get these areas dry as quickly as possible. Containment is important. Do your best to prevent water from infiltrating other rooms. Once you’ve got the area as dry as possible, run fans in the room along with a high powered dehumidifier – for at least a full day – to draw in the remaining moisture.

If, despite your best efforts, you suspect that moisture remains inside the walls, floors or ceilings, call in the professionals. There are many companies that specialize in emergency water damage control.  Google “Restoration Services.” Also, consider contacting your insurance company… especially if the damage will cost more than your deductible to fix. They’re as motivated as you are to reduce the damage.

 

 

 

Judy Sehling

Keller Williams Realty

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