Got A Leak? Act Fast – Here’s What to Do…
Imagine if you came home to find a wet carpet or a big damp patch on the wall. Or worse still – you find a sink overflowing with water or burst pipe gushing water into a room. The initial reaction will probably be to…. panic! But, if you stay calm and take a few steps to minimise further damage, the outcome will be much more favourable.
There are a few first steps you should take, to stop the water from flowing. Then you should talk to your local local Logan plumber to come and help you out. Here’s the steps you should take if you find a leak in your home.
Safety First – Turn Off the Electricity
With the risk of electrical shock being far higher when there’s water about, make sure you turn off the electricity. Locate your main switchboard and switch off the power. When there’s been a home leak, you just don’t know yet where the water has gotten into and wiring could have been affected.
Switch Off the Water Supply at The Mains
It may not be instantly evident where the leak is coming from. This is why you should focus on switching off your water supply first, especially if a pipe has burst. You should be able to switch the water supply off at the meter. If you cannot find this, call your local Queensland plumber for assistance.
Shut Down Your Toilets
A common cause of smaller leaks is a toilet. You can check to see if one of your toilets is the culprit of the leak by shutting one down and then checking the low flow indicator. This is found on your water meter and if it stops spinning when you shut down a toilet, that is the culprit of your leak. If it continues to move, repeat the same process with your next toilet.
Check the Colour of the Leaked Water
If the water is a brown or black colour, it’s likely to be caused by a backed up sewer or a toilet. This water can be highly toxic, particularly if you get it on your skin. If you expect the leak contains sewage water, call your local Queensland plumber straight away. They will have high tech equipment and special protective clothing to deal with sewage leaks.
Call an Expert Queensland Plumber
AJP Plumbing are expert emergency plumbers just waiting to take your call. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they are ready to speed to your home and rectify damaging leaks, burst pipes and any other types of leak.
Start to Ventilate and Dry Out Your Home
After you’ve managed to turn off the water supply, electricity and call a plumber, you can start to ventilate your home. Water that has seeped into carpets, walls and furniture can develop into mould which can lead to respiratory health problems. It can also start to ruin your décor if not dealt with swiftly. Start getting air circulating within the first 24 hours if possible.