We all know just how damaging a water leak can be if left unchecked. Even in situations that don’t result in direct damage, such as a leaky faucet, they can end up costing you big come time to pay the water bill.
In this guide, we’ll take you through what to do if you notice a leak.
Turn Off Water to Any Obvious Leaks
For minor leaks or when isolated to a single appliance, turn the water-using appliances off. Next, locate the shut-off valve for any leaky appliance and turn that off as well. For isolated leaks, this may stop the immediate outpouring of water. If not, or when a leak is major, you may need to shut off the water to the house (the main shut off is typically in your basement).
Check the Meter
This next step can be used to make sure your efforts to stop the water from leaking was successful. Ensure ALL appliances are off and that no one is using any water. Go to your water meter and check the flow meter (either digital or a rolling dial). Make sure it is not going up or spinning. If the meter is still running, repeat step #1, turning off the water to each appliance and checking the meter until you find the source of where the water is running.
Water damage can happen FAST. As can the setting in of mold and mildew. If its safe, clean up any leaked water immediately.
Call a Pro
Get a professional on site as soon as possible to remedy the problem and prevent further damage.