Did you know that a good portion of home flooding is caused by leaky water faucets? Water faucets can begin dripping slowly, but a slow steady drip can go unnoticed until gallons upon gallons of water have accumulated under your sink or under your floorboards. Many times the damage is done–sometimes tens of thousands of dollars–before a homeowner even notices.
The truth is that some 25% of reported floods are those that occurred from an issue inside of the home, like leaky water faucets, rather than weather or rising waters outdoors. It’s hard to know what to do in such a situation. Is it an insurance issue? How do you get the water out? What should you do?
Before you go about fixing a leaky faucet on your own, it’s probably a good idea to get some plumbing advice. Depending on the amount of damage you have, you may not have time for learning how to repair a leaky faucet. You need to act quickly before more damage is done. You definitely want to start with a plumber.
A plumber can get the water shut off and evaluate the situation. They will be able to fix the faucet or pipes, wherever the leak is occurring. Be sure to make a few phone calls as plumbers rates can vary.
Once you’ve selected your plumber and have stopped the leak, you can move forward with remediation and clean up. Flood remediation varies depending on the severity of the damage. It can be as simple as the extraction of water and letting the area dry, to a full flood workup that involves extraction, mold remediation, fans, dryers and insurance companies. Your plumber or insurance company should be able to make a recommendation as to who should be used for the clean-up and remediation an the degree to which remediation should be performed.
It’s hard to believe that so many issues can occur from leaky water faucets, but it’s true, and starting with a plumber will have you well on your way to fixing them once and for all.
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