Water leaking — something no renter ever wants to experience in your Forsyth rental home. Nonetheless, if a leak does occur, there are things that you can do. A leak in your rental home can be easily addressed; here’s what you should do.
Shut Off the Water
If you see or hear water coming from somewhere it shouldn’t, your first course of action is to shut the water off. If the leak is coming from a faucet or appliance, you may be able to shut off the water simply by turning the handle or powering it off. If the leak seems to be something major, then you might need to shut off the main water supply to the house. To do so, locate your water main shut-off valve. This could be your basement, utility room, or outside the home. Afterward, use a wrench and some pliers to turn the valve until the water stops flowing.
Minimize the Spread
Since you’ve already turned the water off, you can now mop up any water that has leaked or pooled on the floor, under cabinets, or elsewhere. Use old towels and a mop to minimize the spread of the water and to dry cabinets, table legs, and other wood. If your carpets and rugs are already soaked, you can use extra towels to soak them dry. After, open windows and turn on fans to dry the rug as fast as you can. If you leave your carpet wet for too long it will produce mold, possibly damaging any furniture on top of it.
Call the Landlord
Get the water flow under control, and then call your landlord. Make sure that your landlord is updated with what’s happened, and with what you’ve done to solve the problem. If you don’t want serious damages to the property, deal with water leaks immediately. Act on problems immediately so that you won’t be held liable for damages. Calling your landlord to inform him is a wise choice so that any leak and/or damage is repaired a.s.a.p.
Lastly, dealing with a water leak in your rental home means practicing good prevention. Since you’ve already identified what caused the leak, be sure to take preventive measures so that you can prevent the leak from happening again. If possible, protect your drains and pipes from extreme temperatures, clogs, and other common mishaps. Always perform the regular maintenance that the property needs. If you see any issues or problems, it’s best to let your landlord know immediately. By fixing things before the pipes burst, you can do a lot to help prevent water leaks in your rental home.
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