Emergency Water Leaks: What to Do

Water is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Over time, it can carve out canyons, reduce granite to gravel, and leech away limestone to form natural wonders like Mammoth Cave. Water can also wear away at your pipes, plumbing and fixtures, causing unexpected leaks.

When an emergency leak happens, it’s important to call a qualified professional plumber immediately. As a homeowner, your biggest priority is preventing damage. Here are some tips for how to handle an emergency water leak, and what to do while you wait for the plumber to arrive.

1. Find your shut off valve.

In a best-case scenario, you’d already know where it is. The biggest expense in any leak isn’t the plumbing repair. It’s the water damage. Keep it to a minimum by being ready to shut off your water as soon as possible. Every moment you waste looking for the shut off valve will cost you more money.

2. Know how to turn off water to each fixture.

If the leak is confined to just one sink, toilet or other area, you can turn off water to just the affected area. This way, you won’t need to wait till a plumber arrives to to access water in the rest of your house.

3. Turn off nearby electrical appliances.

Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Make sure any appliances near the leak are turned off to avoid a serious safety hazard. This may mean turning off a circuit breaker to the room.

4. Clean up as much water as you can.

The longer the water stands, the greater the odds it will damage your flooring or furnishings. Soak it up with towels, use a squeegee or mop, and use a shop vac on carpeted areas.

5. Use a fan or dehumidifier.

Once you’ve taken care of the visible water, a fan or dehumidifier can help evaporate the rest quickly.

At Dauenhauer, we pride ourselves in our rapid response times and fast service. We offer 24 hour emergency service. Call us immediately when you have an emergency water leak, even during nights and weekends. We’ll quickly get one of our friendly, licensed techs out to your home to take care of the problem.