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What to Do When There’s a Leak in Your Nixa Rental Home

Nixa Woman Calling Landlord About a LeakAn experience no renter ever wants to go through with your Nixa rental home is water leaking. Regardless, there are a few things you can do to fix the leak. 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. 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. After, use a wrench and some pliers to turn the valve until the water stops flowing.

Minimize the Spread

Following turning off the water, you can 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. Should the carpet or rugs be soaked, you can use towels to soak up as much water as you can. After, open windows and turn on fans to dry the rug as fast as you can. If you leave your carpet wet for too long it will produce mold, possibly damaging any furniture 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 addressed a.s.a.p., or else they could lead to major damage. You can be held liable for those damages. So, call your landlord; in doing so, you can ensure the repair of any leaks or damages in the property.

Practice Prevention

Finally, dealing with a water leak in your rental home means practicing good 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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