What to Do in A Water Leak Emergency

By Carpet Tech September 26, 2017 Flood Restoration

What To Do In A Water Leak Emergency

There are a few sounds that no home or business owner likes to hear. One of the scariest? Running water. The source? Who knows, must be a leak! The most common water emergencies are the result of leaking fixtures (shower, toilet, or sink), blocked drains (sink or toilet backing up), or a burst pipe.

In any water leak situation a quick response is critical to limiting the water damage. If you discover a leak in your home or business, here’s what you need to do.

Shut Off the Water

Before taking any other step, it is important to stop the flow of water through your building. Locate the water meter and close the valve. Once you’ve stopped the water, open a non-leaking faucet to drain all of the water from your pipes.

Find the Source

Once you’ve shut off the water, it’s time to start searching for the source of your leak. The source is usually pretty obvious, but could be hidden behind drywall. It’s probably best to wait for an expert before opening the wall to locate the leak.

Start Drying

This is a big one. You want to dry everything out to protect your walls, ceilings, or flooring and to prevent mold. Depending on the size of your leak, you will likely need towels, fans, and maybe even a shop vacuum.

Call for Help

A plumber is going to help you fix the leak and get water running to your home or business again. But, did you know that Carpet Tech offers water restoration services? Our professional team can be onsite within 30 minutes to help with minor to complex repairs. We can move and secure furniture and even pull up carpet and start the drying process. Once everything is dried out, our technicians can relay your carpet with new padding and deodorize and disinfect affected areas. We’ll even apply a carpet protectant to get your home or business back in working order as soon as possible.

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