In a multi-unit residential complex such as ours, a water leak originating in one unit can quickly spread and cause extensive damage to other units in the building. As well as the damage and disruption experienced by many people, depending on the cause and insurance situation, you may be held responsible for damage. As a result, it is important to guard against any possible water leak, and take prompt action if a leak should still occur.
- Do not leave any tap, such as that of a bath, running unattended for any reason.
- Replace washer hoses on a regular basis, at the interval recommended by the manufacturer, typically every 3-5 years.
- Shut off the main water supply valves if you will be leaving your unit for an extended period of time.
- If you detect a small leak, have it repaired before it develops into a major catastrophe.
If a Leak Occurs
- Immediately contact building staff to notify them of the leak, regardless of the apparent severity. Prompt action can help curb the spread of the leak.
- Using the water shut-off valves in your unit as necessary, stop the flow of water.
- If possible, use towels or blankets to absorb as much of the leaked water, to prevent it from spreading to other areas or units.