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Founded in 1972, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. has offered services in the greater Calgary real estate market for more than 35 years.

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Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has managed rental properties for owners and investors for more than 40 years. Dedicated to ensuring that all properties remain in consistent good repair, the staff at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. draws on an in-depth knowledge of water leaks.

Here is a basic tip for dealing with a water leak in your home:

The first thing to do in this situation is to try and find the source of the leak. You may be able to do this by shining a light on the joints of pipes and at places where supply lines carry water into appliances or fixtures. You can also look for water stains, mildew growth, or peeling material at the bottoms of cabinets where you suspect water may be dripping.

When you do find a water leak, the first thing you need to do is to shut off the water supply to the leaking pipe or joint. You may also need to turn off your main water valve, depending on whether or not the local shutoff is able to stop the active leaking. Then, to ensure your safety and that of your household, you should unplug nearby electrical appliances until the leak is resolved.

A licensed and experienced plumber should be the one to fix the leak, just as any electrical damage from the leak should receive the attention of a professional electrician. A call to a water removal professional may be necessary if there is standing water or an in-depth mildew response is required, though you may be able to remove some of the water on your own.

Event a little water leak can mean big trouble. The sooner you can source the location of the leak and address the bigger problem, the better.

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The following tips cover preventative actions against a common problem – water leaks:

1. Inspect sink pipes and toilet water lines regularly.
Examine the pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks for signs of deterioration and loose fittings. Kitchen sinks in particular often undergo heavy use due to cooking, washing dishes or hands, or making ice. In addition, slow-moving drains may indicate pipes require servicing. Toilet supply lines are another common water leak culprit and should be checked.

2. Watch for staining and soft spots in bathrooms.
Bathrooms are at higher risk for water leakage, particularly around showers and toilets. Staining or soft spots around walls and floors are primary signs of potential leakage that is hidden and taking place behind the walls or under the floors.

3. Check washing machine hoses regularly.
Look for signs of cracking, fraying, or leaking. Replace hoses every five years or sooner as-needed. Perform examinations at least once a year.

4. Pay attention to your water bills.
Review your water bills each month for unexplained spikes and increases in usage. If you cannot make a reasonable connection between the increased bill and your water usage that month, you may have a leak and should investigate further.

5. Periodically examine refrigerators and dishwashers.
Leaks from refrigerators and dishwashers are not always immediately noticeable and may go undetected for years. Periodically check under appliances for discoloration, and clean the area behind refrigerators at least once a year.

6. Create emergency guidelines.
Leaks cannot always be prevented, so it can help to establish guidelines on how to handle leaks ahead of time. Know where the shut of valves are for all areas of your home and have your emergency contact list for City services and preferred maintenance trades handy.

To address these types of situations and disasters for the properties under management, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has extended office hours with service 7 days a week and emergency support 24 hours a day.

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