Leaks are some of the most frequently occurring, yet troublesome problems homeowners face. Water leaks can be even more troublesome and difficult to address when you're a renter. Keep reading to make sure you know what to do when faced with a small apartment leak!
Document, Document, Document!
The first thing any homeowner or renter should do when faced with a water leak is to document it immediately. This involves taking pictures of all leaks, damage from leaks, and attempts at repairing the leak. Be sure to also keep a written log of severity and duration of the leak, as well as when any repairs were made. Documentation will be crucial to have in supporting your insurance claims if you have renter's insurance.
Let Someone Know
Frequently, apartment leaks go unreported because renters do not feel the same obligation to fix the problem as a homeowner would. However, not reporting a leak or doing anything to fix it could cost you more money in the long run. There are two people you should make aware of the leak and your documenation as soon as possible:
1. Your Landlord
As soon as a leak is detected, send a letter to your landlord letting them know. The landlord will often times get you connected with someone who can fix the leak. Even if you have the leak under control and don't need help, it is better to make them aware in case things get worse.
2. Your Insurance Company
If you have renter's insurance, it is important to file a claim sooner rather than later for any damaged goods. Your leak may not be severe enough to warrant insurance intervention, but if you have a fear it will worsen, it is smarter to contact them sooner rather than later.
Wherever the leak is in your apartment, be sure to remove all nearby electronics. Even the smallest bit of water can usually harm your electronics. Do note that you must be careful removing devices and electronics that have already gotten wet, as they may electrocute you if not removed carefully. If you sense danger, turn off the circuit breaker before unplugging and moving electronic devices.
Gather Buckets and Containers
While you wait for someone to come fix the leak, it is important to reduce the damaging effects the leak can have on your apartment. Collecting the water from the leak and not allowing it to spread in the room is crucial. Common items that are used to catch water from a leak include:
Storage Tubs and Trash Cans
Use storage tubs if the leak is spouting in different directions as opposed to a steady drip from one location. Trash cans and storage tubs can be used for more prominent leaks, as they can be left unattended for a while and collect a significant amount of water.
Food Containers and Bowls
These items can be used for smaller, slower drip leaks. While they are unable to capture a large amount of water, they are often more discreet in your home. If a leak is slow and small, a container of this size would be more appropriate.
Don't Forget Towels!
When setting up any of these containers, be sure to put a towel underneath. If you pick the right size container to capture the water, you shouldn't have much of a problem. However, it is still important to catch any excess that might not make it into the container by laying a towel down underneath it.
Why Collect Water?
Collecting the water in a bucket or container not only stops water from getting everywhere, it also helps avoid mold and mildew. By centralizing the water from the leak, as opposed to letting it infest dark corners of the room, you can avoid such mold and mildew. This is important because mold and mildew can irritate allergies or cause unwanted odors in your home.
Prevent Leaks with Water Hero!
Installing a Water Hero in your apartment can help prevent damaging water leaks through its internet-connected leak detection technology. Water Hero monitors water flow and looks for irregularities in water consumption.
If inconsistencies are recognized, Water Hero uses text/email alerts to notify the resident of a potential leak. After receiving this notification, a user can remotely shut off their water to prevent damage. If the water flow is over a certain amount, Water Hero will turn off your water automatically.
To learn more about Water Hero and how it can prevent your apartment from damaging water leaks, please visit our website.