Water leaking in your Pearland rental home is something no renter ever wants to experience. But, if you do find a leak, it’s not the end of the world — there are steps you can take to fix it. Here are a few things that you can do to fix a leak in your rental home.
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 you find that it’s not just a minor leak, you should shut off the main water supply to the house. To do so, locate your water main shut-off valve. It’s likely in the basement, utility room, or outside the home. Consequently, use a wrench and some pliers to turn the valve until the water stops flowing.
Minimize the Spread
After turning off the water, your next task is to 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 you find that the carpets and rugs have been soaked, you can use towels to soak up as much water as you can. 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
When you’ve got the water flow under control, call your landlord immediately. Keep your landlord updated with the situation so that he/she knows what you’ve done to address the problem. Water leaks need to be dealt with immediately, or else they’ll cause a lot of damages. You can be held liable for those damages. When you call your landlord, you can make sure the leak is repaired and any damage is assessed immediately.
To conclude, dealing with a water leak in your rental home begins with practicing prevention. After you’ve determined the cause of the leak, make sure you take measures to prevent it from happening again. If possible, protect your drains and pipes from extreme temperatures, clogs, and other common mishaps. Take note of the details of regular maintenance of the property, and update your landlord of any potential problems. 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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