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What to Do When There’s a Leak in Your Mt. Vernon Rental Home

Mt Vernon Woman Calling Landlord About a LeakWater leaking — something no renter ever wants to experience in your Mt. Vernon rental home. But, if you do find a leak, it’s not the end of the world — there are steps you can take to fix it. 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. Should the leak prove to be serious, you will have to shut off the main water supply to the house. To do so, locate your water main shut-off valve. Check the basement, utility room, or outside the home. After, use a wrench and some pliers to turn the valve until the water stops flowing.

Minimize the Spread

When you’re done shutting the water off, you should 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. You can then open your windows and turn on several fans to try and dry the rug as quickly as possible. A carpet left wet can result in mold, damaging any furniture sitting on top of it.

Call the Landlord

Make sure you manage the water flow quickly. Then, best to call your landlord right away. Your landlord needs to be made aware of the situation. If left untreated, water leaks can cause major damages to the property. Act on problems immediately so that you won’t be held liable for damages. Calling your landlord is a great way to get the leaks or any damages repaired immediately.

Practice Prevention

To conclude, dealing with a water leak in your rental home begins with practicing prevention. Make sure you find out what caused the leak in the first place. Afterward, take steps to prevent it from happening again. If possible, protect your drains and pipes from extreme temperatures, clogs, and other common mishaps. Keep track of performing regular maintenance, and then inform your landlord if you see any potential problems developing. 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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