There’s nothing like a nice hot shower or a nice warm bath after a long day. But any goodwill that engenders can quickly disappear if your bathroom floods and you’re left to deal with the cleanup.
While the basement might be the first place you think of when it comes to water damage, bathroom floods are extremely common and can be an extreme headache – and even a health hazard.
An overflowing shower, faulty drain or a clogged toilet are the most common causes of bathroom flooding. While clean water, like a running faucet, shower water or water from your toilet tank doesn’t present an immediate health threat, a toilet overflow can due to the related sewage issues. And while all bathroom floods present issues, an upstairs bathroom is always worse because water moves to the lowest point – namely, the first floor of your home.
The good news is that in the event of a flood, there are steps you can take to minimize the damage.
Shut Off Your Water
Provided you can access the shutoff valves, quickly turning off your water can help minimize and mitigate the damage and allow you to quickly remove standard water and create a safer environment for your family or for professionals who can come in and assess and begin to repair the damage.
Turn Off Your Electricity
It doesn’t take a master builder, a plumber or an electrician to know that water and electricity is a bad combination. In fact, never enter a flooded area while the electricity is still on. If you cannot access the electricity, leave the flooded area and wait for the professionals who can safely shut off both your water supply and your power to avoid the risk of shock or electrocution.
Open Your Windows and Remove Standing Water
This will help delay mold from developing which is always a major concern when it comes to water damage or flooding. If you have a bathroom fan, turn it on to keep the air moving. If you can do it safely, remove any standing water. Use a wet vac or a dehumidifier to remove excess water, which is another key step in averting mold damage, or structural damage.
Call in a Professional
We can assess the damage, come up with a restoration plan, and work directly with your insurance company. Whether you’re faced with broken or leaking pipes, a toilet clog, or a faulty toilet mechanism, our professional team will find the source of the flood and address it quickly.