What if I find a water leak in my home – Discovering a water leak in your home can be concerning, but it’s important to act quickly to minimize damage and prevent further issues. Here’s what you should do if you discover a water leak:
Turn off the water supply:
- If the leak is at an individual fixture, look for an emergency water shut-off valve under or near the fixture. Hopefully, it is a quarter turn and can be turned off easily.
- If the leak is behind the individual shut-off valve or in piping, you will need to know how to turn off your whole home emergency water shut-off valve.
Have you had your shut-off valves inspected within the last year to be sure they actually shut the water off, and you are physically able to turn them?
- It is a good idea to check these valves once a year to be sure they are operationally sound. Check out our Diamond Club – https://www.atyourserviceplumbing.com/diamond-club-page/ as it includes an annual plumbing system inspection
- Do you know the location of your whole home water shut-off? Is it a quarter-turn ball valve to make it easy to turn off? Is it accessible to you?
Call 253.565.0090 to get your Personal Plumbing Professional from At Your Service Plumbing to come and help you as soon as possible. We will always attempt same-day service for an emergency. Club members receive service within 2 hours!
If your shut-off valves are not working, you don’t know where they are, or you cannot access them, and water is gushing, you can call your local fire department as a last resort.
Some other things to consider when water has been leaking, and you shut it off:
- You may need to shut off the power to your electric water heater or other electricity if the water is near.
- You may need to use a water mitigation company professional who is used to working with insurance companies to help with cleanup.
- Take lots of pictures for your insurance company.
- Most insurance will cover the damage caused but not the repair of the plumbing system leak that caused the damage.
- Cleaning up and drying the water within 24 to 48 hours is crucial so mold does not form.
While your AYSP plumbing professional is in your home making the repair, they can review and advise you on making sure you have access to emergency water shut-off valves that work.
Remember, water damage can lead to structural issues and mold growth if not addressed promptly. Acting swiftly to shut off the water, clean up, and make necessary repairs is crucial to minimizing the damage caused by a water leak in your home.
Feel free to call / text At Your Service Plumbing at (253) 448-8178 or Request Plumbing Service here.