14,000 people experience water damage at home or work each day. Yes, you read that right, EACH DAY! Whether a leaky water heater turns into a geyser or a toilet overflows, water damage can cost you in more ways than one.
Stop the Flow: If you’ve identified the appliance that’s leaking, shut off water to that appliance. If you’re not sure where the leak is coming from, shut off water to the whole house. Before removing any water, document the damage for your insurance company.
Minimize Damage: As soon as you are cleared to remove the water, get it out of there. You can rent a sump pump, a wet vac, and industrial fans from most hardware stores. It might be worth it to hire a professional disaster cleanup or flood-restoration company.
Talk to Your Property Manager (if you rent): It is crucial that you let your property manager know the of the water damage. Some landlords state specifically that they will keep all electrical and plumbing systems in good, working condition, but others only claim responsibility for the exterior upkeep of the complex. Moral of the story? Read your lease and talk to your manager before a problem occurs.