What to do when your water heater leaks
Imagine: You have just awakened from a well-deserved, refreshing night’s sleep. Feeling mellow, you stretch, sit up, put your feet down and… Cringe. Your feet are sopping wet! Anxiety rising, you prowl around the house to investigate and find that the water’s source is a leaking water heater in your utility closet. With dismay, you see that the broken water heater is unleashing torrents of water into your home, and the entire bedroom wing is flooded with several inches of water.
Now you need to make some important, urgent decision. AS a homeowner, you fear water damage nearly as much as fire damage. How will you deal with the failed water heater, the water now flooding the house, and all the damage that water is causing?
Water damage mitigation specialists would most likely advise the following immediate, crucial procedures:
- Turn off the water heater, preferably at the circuit breaker.
- Turn off the water supply, either at the leaking water heater of at the whole-house water supply
- Drain the water heater
- Contact your insurance company
Engage a professional water damage mitigation company without delay.
Bring in the experts
Because a failed water heater can cause significant water intrusion into the home, affecting floors, carpets, walls, and furnishings, professional intervention offers the most effective path to pre-flood conditions. Water repair specialists will extract flood water, dehumidifying and drying out the premises with state-of-the-art equipment and practiced expertise. They will perform a thorough inspection of carpets, floors, and walls for an incursion of mold or mildew and eliminate those dangers. They will likely remove any items that cannot be salvaged and dispose of them. They will thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected areas of your home and may even perform any needed repairs or reconstruction.
Even though the aftereffects of a leaking water heater can seem formidable, turning to a professional water damage mitigation company in Piatt/Dewitt counties, will result in the prompt restoration of your home’s pristine condition and the corresponding alleviation of your worry and anxiety. (LB)