How To Minimize Water Damage at Home

It’s amazing how much damage water can cause. Just two gallons from a burst pipe or overflowing toilet can wreak havoc throughout your home and necessitate thousands of dollars in repairs. Ouch!

The best thing you can do is – Act Fast!

What should you do at the first sign of water leakage? First, stop the source. It may seem obvious, but in a moment of panic, it’s important to stay calm. Turn off the nearest water valve. If you can’t find it, turn off the main water valve to your home. Next, do everything you can to soak up as much water as possible. If necessary, lift carpeting. Pay particular attention to water settling next to walls or inside duct work. Get these areas dry as quickly as possible.

Containment is important. Do your best to prevent water from infiltrating other rooms. Once you’ve got the area as dry as possible, run fans in the room along with a good dehumidifier – for at least a full day – to draw in the remaining moisture.

If, despite your best efforts, you suspect that moisture remains inside the walls, floors or ceilings, call in the professionals. There are many companies that specialize in emergency water damage control. Need a referral? Call me and I will be sure to connect you with someone that can help!

Also, consider contacting your insurance company. They’re as motivated as you are to reduce the damage.

And remember… for all your Ottawa Real Estate needs call me – Linda Lauzon at 613-728-6665 or 


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