Have you noticed puddles of water forming on your kitchen floor? Can you hear a loud dripping or hissing noise somewhere in your house? If this is the case, it is highly suspected that you have a water leak!
Water leaks and burst pipes are plumbing nightmares every homeowner dreads. These kinds of emergencies can cause a lot of damage to property and can lead to big expenses. To mitigate the issue, homeowners must know what actions should be taken when this issue arises.
To help you with that, your friendly Adelaide plumbers have created this infographic guide so you can have more idea on how to tackle a water leak emergency. Let’s get down to it!
“What To Do In A Water Leak Emergency?” Infographic Transcription
Step 1. Shut off electrical power
We all know that water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Trying to resolve a water leak in close proximity to electrical wiring or devices is extremely dangerous. So before you do anything else, switch off the electricity at the fusebox for your safety.
Step 2. Prevent water damage
Depending on the extent of the water leak, you may be able to prevent some water damage. Get a large bucket or container (or two so you can swap them when emptying one) and place it under the leak if possible. Otherwise brooming and mopping water can reduce it’s spread.
Step 3. Turn off the water supply
The water leak will continue until it’s fixed or the water source is cut off. The main water shutoff valve is usually found in your front yard or on the front of your house with your water meter. If you have help, it’s a good idea to send one person to the water meter while the other prevents water damage in step 2.
Step 4. Call A Plumber!
Now, that the water supply is off and water damage is being minimised, it’s time to call a local emergency plumber to repair the water leak. A good plumber will not only make repairs but identify the cause of the water leak so it doesn’t happen again.
Step 5. Drain the pipes
Even if you’ve turned the water supply off, there is still water in your pipework. Drain the water away safely by turning on all your taps. This means less water flooding your floor and less time for the plumber to complete his work.
Detecting a water leak and knowing how to act upon it is a great way to save your property from the horrendous damage and expenses that may happen. But sometimes things may get out of hand. Oftentimes, plumbing problems like water leaks don’t become apparent until they’ve gotten serious enough. If that’s the case, contact the leak repair specialists at Fawcett Plumbing and they will be more than happy to assist you.