No renter wants to experience water leaking in your Decatur rental home. However, if ever there is a leak, there are steps you can take to address it. If you ever find a leak in your rental home, here’s what you can do.
Shut Off the Water
If you see or hear water coming from somewhere it shouldn’t, your first course of action is to shut the water off. If the leak is coming from a faucet or appliance, you may be able to shut off the water simply by turning the handle or powering it off. If the leak seems to be quite problematic, you might need to shut off the main water supply to the house. To do so, locate your water main shut-off valve. You can usually find it in the basement, utility room, or outside the home. Later, use a wrench and some pliers to turn the valve until the water stops flowing.
Minimize the Spread
Following turning off the water, you can mop up any water that has leaked or pooled on the floor, under cabinets, or elsewhere. Use old towels and a mop to minimize the spread of the water and to dry cabinets, table legs, and other wood. Are your carpets and rugs soaked? You can use towels to soak up as much water as you can. Afterward, you can open your windows and use fans to blow the rug dry as quickly as possible. It’s best to not leave your carpet wet since it can lead to molds, leading to the damaging of any furniture on the carpet.
Call the Landlord
When the water flow is already under control, call your landlord immediately. Your landlord needs to be in the know regarding what’s going on in the property. Water leaks need to be addressed a.s.a.p., or else they could lead to major damage. If that happens, you can be held liable for those damages. In calling your landlord, you’re making sure that any leak or damage is repaired right away.
Finally, dealing with a water leak in your rental home means practicing good prevention. Now that you know what caused the leak, take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again. If possible, protect your drains and pipes from extreme temperatures, clogs, and other common mishaps. Make it a point to not lose track of your home’s regular maintenance. Then, if any problems arise, contact your landlord immediately. By fixing things before the pipes burst, you can do a lot to help prevent water leaks in your rental home.
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