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4 Steps To Minimize Damage After a Leak

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

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4 Steps To Minimize Damage After a Leak

Any time you experience a leak in your West Whittier, CA, home, it's definitely considered an emergency. Water spreads quickly and can lead to significant flooding. The faster you act and take steps to minimize damage, the less expensive repairs will be. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to minimize damage.

1. Turn Off Water
The moment you notice a leak under your kitchen sink, turn off the water. The water shut-off valve will be located underneath the sink. Look for a rounded or football-shaped valve that is attached to the pipe coming out of the wall and running up to the sink. Simply turn the valve clockwise until you can't turn it anymore. Turn the hot and cold faucets on and let the remaining water run out of the faucets before starting any kitchen repair work.

2. Remove Belongings
If there is a substantial amount of water filling up your home, prop up furniture on wood blocks and remove upholstery and rugs from the area. Remove all loose belongings and try to mop up water with a mop or wet/dry vacuum. Remember, it may be unsafe to stay in the room due to electrical and slip hazards. In these situations, don't attempt to clean up the area.

3. Call Insurance
Call your insurance company if you experience water in a home. Let them know the details of the flooding and take pictures to document the damage. Many homeowners insurance policies cover sudden and accidental events. For example, a water heater that ruptures and a pipe that bursts are two examples of covered accidents.

4. Call Restoration Company
Water restoration specialists are available to assist you with repairs and cleanup. If you find yourself standing in several inches of water, call an emergency restoration company. Professionals will inspect the water damage, extract the water, dry and clean the area, and restore your home to pre-flood condition.
Flooding is an emergency situation that needs to be taken care of immediately. Follow these steps to minimize damage after a major leak.

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