Often times a small water leak can lead to extensive water damage. Last week, a client called Putman Restoration frantic and upset that water was pouring into the rest of the house from the kitchen. A faulty dishwasher line was to blame. What started out with a few drips, led to extensive floor damage throughout the home.
When you spot a small water leak, immediately do these 4 things.
- Identify The Source Of The Water. Some leaks are easier to identify than others. If you notice a pool of water coming from kitchen, it’s most likely from the dishwasher or refrigerator. But what about water dripping in the walls? Or a small water leak underneath a cabinet?
- Turn Off The Water. Make sure to immediately turn off the shutoff valves to the suspect cause of water damage. A toilet shutoff valve is usually located under the toilet bowl. Sink valves and dishwasher valves are typically located under the sink bowl inside the cabinet. If that doesn’t work, it may be best to turn off the water to the entire home or office.
- Soak Up Standing Water. Place a bucket under the leaky hose or area. Grab towels or old t-shirts to soak up the water. Standing water quickly affects the integrity of porous surfaces like laminate flooring, wood flooring, and drywall. If the affected area has carpet, it may be best to go ahead and remove the carpet and padding.
- Call A Professional. Call a reputable, certified water damage restoration company. Trained professionals will be able to limit further water damage with proven drying techniques and proper equipment. TIP: Ask to see their training credentials. Organizations, like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), provide training based on standards that promote professionalism in the cleaning and restoration industry.
PUTMAN RESTORATION provides water damage and restoration services, along with mold removal and remediation. Learn More About PUTMAN RESTORATION Services. Call The Water & Storm Damage Emergency Line at (318) 453-5029.