Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Action Stations! Responding To A Water Leak


You come home one day, and there’s a certain change in the physical atmosphere. It's a little humid,
yet it's cold too. You walk further in, and you see cracks, the wallpaper bubbling and flaring off as
well as dark patches. You observe the floor, and you’re confronted with standing pools of water.
A sense of urgency to find out what happened consumes you. It's definitely an internal leak. You
notice the signs of a busted pipe in the plumbing and or walls. So what do you do now? The situation
described may not be entirely what you experience when a water leak takes over your home.
However, the seriousness of the occurrence is going to need the same level of urgency. Your home
is an investment after all, and like a sinking ship, it needs to be salvaged as much as possible and
quickly. First, you need to know the signs of such a leak and then how to respond effectively.

Image by Ed!

Signs of weakening

One of the easiest ways to spot a leak is that your wallpaper begins to bubble and separate from
the wall. The other telltale sign is cracking. Cracks in the corners of a room will most likely be
structural issues, but if they appear nearer to the center of the wall, then it's in internal weakening.
This is most likely going to be because a water pipe is running through the wall, is leaking and
being absorbed into the material. Equally, if you sense the floor is a little soft, squishy and much
more lenient to bending, the liquid is being absorbed from somewhere.

Credit B137

Basement flooding

It's not uncommon for homes to have their water tank housed in the basement rather than the
attic. If you suffer a burst pipe here, because of the location of the tank the home will begin to
flood from the inside out. With haste, contact a company like Slater Pumps that has a selection of
water pumps. Using the pump, you can rapidly shift the water from the basement and or ground
floor to the outside of your home; preferably a nearby drain or in your garden. They have pumps
that are great for moving standing water, as well as water from inside containers such as the water
tank. Buying cheap in this area is like shooting yourself in the foot. Draining can take hours and
hours sometimes, so look for high quality and industry standard pumps.

Train your family

It's odd, but it may come in handy to train your family in quick response procedures. If sudden leak
sprouts, someone needs to put pressure and or block the damaged pipe from spewing the water.
One of the adults or older children needs to go then turn the electricity off from the mains. Next, you
need to turn the water coming into the home off too. Then begin laying down towels and start to
remove valuables out of the affected room. Then all you can do is either replace the pipe or call in
an expert to assess the serious damage.

It's a nightmare that no family wants, but almost none are actually prepared for. Don’t be a victim
of your own home. Water leaks are very rare, and most of the time, they take a long time to get to
that point. Therefore by knowing and looking out for signs of a water leak from time to time could
save you all the bother.

xxo
Kim

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