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Steps To Take in Case of a Water Leak

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removed, water leak inside walls The plumbing system can travel through walls, floors, and ceilings.

Steps To Take in Case of a Water Leak

Leaks in a commercial facility are not uncommon in Redlands, CA, and develop for numerous reasons. Some common causes include:

  • Loose, "dancing" pipes
  • Frozen water
  • Rusted pipes from an old plumbing system
  • Increased water pressure

These circumstances can cause a pipe to break. Water clean up is urgent upon encountering a leak and will prevent damage to the natural construction materials of your building. In most cases, insurance companies will cover a broken pipe. If your commercial property has a leak, it is important to take these steps immediately to prevent water damage.

Find the Location of the Leak
Before shutting off the water supply, note the location of the leak. The plumbing system can travel through walls, floors, and ceilings. Where the leak is located will alert you to the type of water entering your facility. Blackwater is highly contaminated and is considered a health risk.

Shut Off the Main Water Supply and Open As Many Faucets As Possible
When you have verified the source of the leak, shut off the main water supply. To do this, you must find the main water supply valve for your commercial property. Turn the valve shut to stop water from running through the pipe. Then, open as many faucets as you can in your building to redirect the water away from the source of the leak.

Clean Up the Water
Water clean up will prevent the construction materials of the building from becoming irreparable. Before beginning this process, make sure you use protective gear in case of contaminated water. If the job is too extensive for one person, hire a professional water damage restoration service to aid in cleaning.
Protecting your plumbing system with routine check-ups and maintenance can help prevent severe leaks from occurring. You can prevent the hassle of extensive water clean up by updating old plumbing systems, insulating exposed pipes to keep them from freezing, and addressing loose pipes.

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