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Keeping Small Leaks From Becoming a Big Problem

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water on a living room Living room water damage in Dahlonega, GA

Keeping Small Leaks From Becoming a Big Problem

Sometimes flooding happens and you don't even know it, developing in small locations that homeowners don't often see. Cabinets, crawl spaces and walls all have dark spots in which pipes run. If a small leak appears, it may not be discernible right way. Take, for example, the kitchen sink. It's used often, but small drips are hard to spot. Issues like these are seemingly innocent, but a can of paint and a cloth are not going to solve the trouble. Over time, the moisture can create water damage and possibly lead to mold. Action should be taken by professionals to minimize potential hazards.

1. Correct the Leak

At the first sign of wetness, turn off the valves. You want to prevent a break in the line and avoid accumulating more water in home interiors. Then, ensure that you don't have any appliances or electrical equipment near the liquid. Grab a mop, and dry up what you can. Do not use a vacuum, and avoid turning on the fans. Call out a plumber to immediately examine the pipe, fixing the source of the problem.

2. Call Insurance

When flooding ruins part of your home in Dahlonega, GA, contact your insurance agency, requesting assistance with the remediation. Establish an open claim, discussing your policy's deductible and services covered. Write out the agent's name, as well as the documentation and procedures needed. In addition, feel free to email pictures of the destruction as well as the plumber's bill to verify your situation.

3. Restore the Room

Work with a water restoration company to test the location, evaluating the moisture levels and estimating the kitchen repair requirements. Keep in mind that long-term dripping could have created a hot bed for mold spores, allowing fungus to breed on organic material and fluid. As a result, the professionals may recommend removing the wood and dry wall.
Work quickly when you find flooding. Turn off the water, and call for assistance. Swift steps may minimize your mess.

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