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Almost every homeowner out there has probably dealt with a leak at some point or another. The thing with leaks is that the longer they are ignored, the more damages the cause. The standing water can spread through your home and damage your walls and floors, not to mention inviting growth of molds and insects. However, leaks can be effectively dealt with using three important and vital steps. Simply follow them to reduce damages.
Start by shutting the water supply to your home:
If the water leak is produced as a result of your indoor plumbing, this is probably the best way to deal with the problem. Although if leaks are coming in from your home’s faulty foundation or because of adverse weather conditions, there is very little that can be done to fix it. However with indoor plumbing you have the luxury of simply turning the water supply off to your home or to a part of your home. You may have a master valve in your home connected to the city’s water line; use this to control water supply within your home.
However, it is probably going to be a problem to find the valve if you don’t already know where it is, especially in emergency conditions. In such cases, it is probably best to be prepared beforehand and to call up someone responsible or a professional plumber and already be aware of how to control your home’s water supply.
Contact your insurance agent at once:
The next thing you should do without delay is to call up the insurance company you’re associated with. They may help you out and refer you to restoration companies with whom you can consult on to help reduce damages to your property. Although you don’t need to approach only the restoration companies referred by your insurance agent, you can start by looking at their work and comparing it to others for reference.
It is also a good idea to start filing your insurance claim as soon as possible. You will need knowledge of your home and of the problem at hand as insurance companies often look for specific details about the damages. It is best to settle your claim only after the work by restoration teams has been done, though, as sometimes problems present themselves after they start working on the home, such as molds and insect growth.
Try to minimize the spreading of the water:
Now that you have a water damage-based restoration team on the way, you should try your best to reduce the spread of the leaked water by yourself. This can include simple acts such as (provided the weather is dry) opening the windows in that part of the home and allowing the cross-ventilation of air to dry up some of the water. You can also work by using towels or clothes to clean up standing water, however, be careful and make sure you are not exposed to any dangerous substances as you do this.