Our house represents the biggest and most important part of our life. It is also one of the most neglected ones. This monumental part of our life often gets damaged due to water leakage, and when it does, it’s hard to recover. A broken pipe if not discovered in time can do untold water damage in your house. As the problem escalates, so does the damage and the danger. Most people try to fix the problem by themselves watching DIY tutorials on the internet, which is a bad decision on their part.
When the water damage is huge, it is important to call in the professionals because they have the necessary tools and equipment to tackle this problem. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on an average, a household leaks above 10,000 gallons of water every year. Additionally, 10% of houses leak around 90 gallons of water every day. The fastest way to find out if you have a broken pipe or any other type of leak is to keep track of water consumption. EPA says that a family of four uses around 12,000 gallons of water in winter. If this amount increases, then there’s a serious leak in your house.
BEFORE DIVING HANDS FIRST INTO THE MESS, CALL S.T.O.P LAS VEGAS. IN THE MEAN TIME, FOLLOW THESE FOUR STEPS TO MINIMIZE THE WATER DAMAGE:
- Turn Off the Water Supply. Once you have found the source of the leak, turn off the water supply. If you are unable to turn off the water supply because the knob is located in a danger zone, then turn off the main water valve. This will cut the water supply to the entire house. It is important to take safety measures because if the water has reached electrical appliances, it is best to stay away from those areas until a professional arrives. Your belongings might get damaged beyond repair but it is better to be safe than sorry.
- Remove Nearby Soaked Items. Water can seep into items such as furniture, books, rugs and clothes nearby, which if soaks large amounts of water will develop mould. You need to be extremely careful when removing these items. Avoid direct contact with the water, as it may have reached the electrical appliance, which can cause a short-circuit.
- Clean-Up the Excess Water. If your floors are slanted, water can change direction and reach other areas. To prevent this from happening, use thick towels and soak up the water. Repeat this step until all the excess water in the no-danger has been cleaned.
- Dry the Area. Open all windows and doors nearby to dry the area. If the water damage is big, then bring in fans and turn them to the highest setting. Though your belongings cannot be salvaged but your house’s foundation can be saved. If the water seeps into the floor, there’s a possibility that the floorboards might develop mold and termite.
Once you have taken these four steps to minimize the water damage, wait for S.T.O.P Las Vegas to arrive. Professionals such as these use high power humidifiers and dryers that speed up the drying process. If the water has seeped into the walls, the affected area is cut out from the lower section and equipments are used to dry the area. If you think there’s a leak from a broken pipe in your house, then call S.T.O.P at (702) 803-3094 now before the water damage gets out of hand.