What Are the Precautions to Take When Discovering a Leak in My Home?
The importance of Homeowners regularly inspecting their plumbing for leaks cannot be overstated. Leaks can cause severe damage to households. There are potential health risks to occupants caused by water damage.
During personal plumbing inspections, Homeowners should check for hidden leaks in the sink drains and below water heaters. They should examine all exposed pipes under sinks and toilet tanks. Homeowners should look for corrosion on brass or copper fittings. We can help with our plumbing services.
They should make sure all faucets maintain a steady flow of water; a faucet that does not flow steadily might mean there is a leak. Homeowners need to check the base of toilets for leaks after flushing. When a leak is found call us immediately for assistance.
Precautions When Discovering a Leak
When Homeowners find a water leak they should take the following actions:
- Check for mold and mildew (dark spots)
- Turn off all electrical wiring in the effected area
- Continuously mop the area if water is accumulating quickly
- Check for structural damage, especially in the case of a leak in the roof
- ALWAYS call us, your local plumber, after discovering a leak
- Completely dry the area within 48 hours of stopping the leak
Importance of fixing a leak
Water damage in homes is very serious. A slow leak that goes untreated can result in expensive repairs and safety hazards. The moisture from a leak can cause mold and mildew. Mycotoxins produced by the mold will cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Severe reactions to mycotoxins include fever, difficulty breathing, lung infection, pulmonary hemorrhage, and memory loss.
Electrical wires in an area with a water leak can cause electric shock, power shortages, and fires. Costly home repairs to flooring may be necessary because of a water leak; drywall and insulation can be damaged and need to be replaced.
The danger of a slippery floor cannot be underestimated; senior citizens and children often fall and suffer injuries when walking on wet floors. Water leaks can cause structural damage to the home. There is a risk of the ceiling collapsing when there is extreme structural damage.
Do not risk your safety or the condition of your home. Inspect your home regularly for water leaks. If you discover a leak in your home shut the water off and turn off all electric power to that area. Most importantly, call us to stop the leak, assess the damage, and preserve the integrity of your home.
Serving your Round Lake community everyday. For leak detection assistance, Call Duane Blanton at (847) 855-000 today for reliable plumbing services.