Steps to Take After Plumbing Leak Damage

Plumbing leaks can cause a significant amount of damage to your home, often leading to costly repairs and inconveniences. For homeowners with insurance policies, there’s the added stress of wondering whether the insurer will adequately cover the damages. Handling a plumbing leak in your Florida home can be overwhelming. What should be a basic homeowners’ insurance claim can often turn into a complex, time-consuming process. This is where we at EC Law Counsel, with offices in Hollywood and Fort Myers, step in to guide you. Our team understands your challenges and we’re here to help you navigate through this stressful time. I’ve prepared a handy guide on the steps you should take after experiencing plumbing leak damage. Properly following these steps can bolster your claim, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

Step 1: IMMEDIATE ACTION! Stop the Leak and Limit Damage

The first thing you should do after noticing a leak is to stop it, if possible. This can involve turning off the main water supply or closing the valve of the leaking pipe. Your quick action to limit further water damage could be crucial in the eyes of your insurance company, as it can demonstrate that you’ve done your best to mitigate the issue.

Step 2: Be Cautious of Standing Water and Electrical Issues

In situations where a plumbing leak results in standing water, exercise extreme caution. Standing water can present a major risk, particularly when it comes into contact with electrical outlets, appliances, or wiring. This can lead to serious electrical hazards including shocks or fires. Turn off your home’s electricity, if safe to do so, until a professional can assess the situation. While your instinct may be to start cleaning up, remember that safety should always come first. Experts like licensed electricians and water damage restoration professionals have the skills and experience to safely manage these hazards. At EC Law Counsel, we can guide you in engaging the right experts, ensuring your safety while also fortifying your insurance claim.

Step 3: Document the Damage

The next step is to thoroughly document the damage. Photographs and videos of the impacted area, water source, and damaged possessions can be key pieces of evidence in your claim. This detailed documentation can greatly assist us, your Florida property damage claims lawyers, in advocating for you and helping you secure the most beneficial outcome.

Step 4: Contact Your Insurance Company

It’s important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the damage. They’ll guide you through the claims process, but it’s important to remember your rights in this situation. The claims process can be complicated and insurance adjusters may not always work in your best interest. That’s why having us, your property damage lawyers, at your side can be so valuable.

Step 5:  Protect Property From Further Damage

Mop up standing water, move belongings out of harm’s way, and if necessary, place buckets or containers to catch dripping water. If available to you, hire a reputable water mitigation company that can provide dry-out services. Remember, your insurance policy will require you to mitigate further damage.

Step 5: Contact a Plumber

While some minor leaks can be a DIY fix, it’s often best to consult with a professional. A certified plumber can pinpoint the source of the leak, provide an assessment of the damage, and offer solutions for repair.

EC Law Counsel: Your Guide in Plumbing Leak Damage Claims

Experiencing a plumbing leak can be stressful and disheartening. Dealing with insurance companies and claims adjusters during this trying time can add to your burden. That’s where EC Law Counsel steps in. With our experienced team that includes former insurance adjusters, we understand the ins and outs of the claims process. We’ll help you file your claim, handle all negotiations and communications with your insurance company, and appeal any claim denials if necessary.

Based in Hollywood and Fort Myers, FL, we serve the entire state of Florida, providing dedicated and knowledgeable legal support for homeowners facing plumbing leak damage. If you’re dealing with a plumbing leak damage claim, don’t face it alone.

Call 954-861-0833 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced commercial property attorney. We’re here to ensure that your rights are protected, and that you receive a fair settlement from your insurance company.