Water damage can stem from a variety of sources; it usually starts from a minor cause, such as a water leak, which if left unattended for a long time could escalate into a massive problem and can cause wide-scale damage to property. This can lead to significant repair costs and disrupt operations in the business setting. Quick and efficient action is necessary to prevent water damage problems, which is why it is important to identify a possible source and correct it immediately.
Once such source is a water leak, whether from roof damage, cracks in the plumbing, or broken appliances. ServiceMaster of the Upstate has prepared some tips to stop small leaks and save home and business owners from expensive repairs and additional property damage problems.
Signs of a Water Leak
An unexpected increase in the water bill is one of the most obvious signs of a leak in the plumbing. Inspect pipelines for the following:
- Broken toilet tank flappers
- Corrosion on supply lines connecting to appliances and fixtures
- Odd odors from drains, which may signal a sewer leak
- Leaks around appliances that utilize water
- Pipe leaks under sinks
- Noticeable stains below supply line connections
- Discolored or warped flooring
- Water stains on ceilings and walls directly below bathrooms
Note that water stains on walls and ceilings can also indicate a roof leak. Watch out for musty odors that signal mold growth, peeling paint, and roof issues such as damaged shingles or flashing.
How to Deal With Water Damage
Minor leaks can be fixed, but the best step to take is to call a licensed plumber or water damage restoration professional to address the issue and keep costs low.
There are some things that can be done with plumbing or appliance leaks before the professionals arrive. Turn off the water supply connected to the leak. ServiceMaster Restore provides the usual shut-off valve locations for some common fixtures and appliances:
- Dishwasher: Check under the sink; the location is likely to close to the sink shut-off valves.
- Sink: Sinks will typically have two shut-off valves, one for hot water and one for cold water. Check the area underneath the sink, next to the water supply lines.
- Toilet: Toilet shut-off valves are close to the toilet and near the floor, as part of the water supply line.
- Refrigerator with water and ice dispensers: Check the supply tube running to the refrigerator, likely behind the refrigerator or under a nearby sink.
Lessen the damage but removing standing water near the leak through a mop. If mold growth is discovered, it’s best to leave the remediation to the professionals, as improper cleaning may cause the damage to spread even further.
Contact ServiceMaster of the Upstate, South Carolina's Best Water Damage Restoration Company
Don’t let water leaks go unaddressed. Immediately contact a water damage restoration specialist, such as ServiceMaster of the Upstate in South Carolina. We are one of South Carolina’s leading restoration companies. We restore water, fire, and mold-damaged properties for the commercial, residential, and insurance markets. We can extract water, dry carpets, walls, and structures. Our claims team will handle the insurance claim from start to finish and update all parties involved.