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How to Clean Up After a Water Leak

When a water leak happens in your home, it can quickly become a mess. Although plumbers are great at water leak detection and repairs, cleaning up afterward is a responsibility that falls to you, the homeowner. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help with your water leak clean up.

1. Unplug all electronic devices

Before doing anything else, carefully unplug any electronics and turn off appliances. This will make the cleaning process safer.

2. Remove any furniture to a dry area

If there’s any furniture affected by the leak, move it to a dry area with good ventilation. Unfortunately, mattresses that have gotten wet are usually unsalvageable and must be thrown away.

3. Remove water using a shop vacuum

Soak up as much water as possible using a wet/dry vacuum, or shop vacuum. If you don’t already have one, you can rent one at most hardware stores. Run the vacuum over your floors and any other area with water damage, including the walls.

4. Steam clean the affected carpet

While it may seem counterproductive to steam clean a carpet that has already been wet, doing this will clean the carpet and help remove moisture. Like a shop vacuum, a steamer can be rented. You may also consider having the carpet professionally cleaned if the carpet is severely damaged.

5. Disinfect and clean all affected surfaces and appliances

Put simply, you’ll want to disinfect every surface you can. Begin by cleaning off any mold or mildew, then scrub your floors, walls and any furniture and appliances that were affected. After cleaning everything apply a product that keeps mold from growing as an extra precaution.

6. Remove the rest of the moisture

It’s important to ensure that everything in the affected area dries completely, or lingering moisture can continue to cause damage and promote mold growth. Use a dehumidifier (if you have one) and fans to dry the floor and walls for at least 24 hours. Consider using desiccants (materials that absorb moisture) to help remove moisture from the furniture.

If you’re unsure of this process, we recommend that you consider hiring professional cleaners, as the most important thing is to properly clean up the water damage. You should also photograph the damage before cleaning and contact your insurance provider to see if the damage is covered. 

For more information about water leaks or to schedule an appointment, contact Parker & Sons Plumbing today.

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What Our Customers Say

Fast & Reliable

Very fast response. Reliable and even let us do some of the work to keep costs down. Really worked with us to sort through alternatives to find the best solution. I have used them about 5 years ago and will certainlycall them again if I ever need anything.

Roberta C.

Very Knowledgeable

I recently had several plumbing leaks repaired and couldn’t be happier with the prompt service I received from Parker and Sons. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, reasonably priced, and do quality work. I would definitely recommend them to my family and everyone. I would trust them to repair any leak in the house.

Stacey C.

Amazing Service!!!

Amazing service!!! Called and came the same day within 2 hrs. Our toilet had to be re-fitted and snaked. They did a beautiful job on the re-fitting and got the large piece of plastic out of the toilet. Will definitely be recommending them to friends and family. Great service, great people, hard to find these days!!!

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Great to Work With

Jim and his guys are great to work with. Had Parker & Sons come out to take a look at an AC unit at one of my rental properties. Unit is in the attic. Had to replace a coil on it and did a great job. Will definitely use again.

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I have referred Parker and Sons to all of my customers and I would not think of referring anybody else. They have been great and very punctual. All of the plumbers and office staff have been amazing!

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Reasonable Prices

I was in good hands today with journeyman plumber Mark Rizley. He remained until all was better than before. He replaced a PRV and improved a mediocre repair recently done by another well known local company. The price remained reasonable despite the extra effort needed for the job. Well done Mark! Parker and Sons will be my first call in the future.

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This is a fantastic company with outstanding professionalism, quality of work, and customer service. While their prices are extremely competitive, their work doesn’t feel cheap like some of the companies you can hire of off Craigslist or on a FB yard sale page. This is a reputable company with proven work and licensed, skilled technicians.

Ben A.

Fair Prices & Excellent Work

Have used Parker & Sons 3 different times, once for a huge complex plumbing repair and twice for smaller jobs. Fair prices and excellent work/fast response time every time.

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