What Happens When A Water Supply Line Leaks & You’re Not Home…?
Before I answer that question, let me implore you to obtain and maintain a Hazard Insurance policy for your rental properties that does cover water leaks.
If this is a leak for example, from a Toilet Water Supply line in an upstairs bathroom, which recently occured in a rental home here in Folsom that we manage, the water will find a way downstairs… In this case, it came through a vent and dripped in an area right below.
We were lucky because the tenant was home and was able to turn off the water supply valve. This lady estimated that the water had to have been leaking for about 20 minutes.
An emergency call went out to one of our vendors to extract all the water we could and place fans to dry up the carpet to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
We were lucky because this lady just happened to be home.
So here’s the tip… If you are going to be gone for several days and do not have a house sitter, you might want to consider turning off the water supply lines in the house, or… just turning off the water supply line at the gate valve.
I can’t imagine the damage that would have occured if this tenant had not been home and even if you have insurance, there is the hassle of dealing with it all.
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