Perhaps a pipe burst in your bathroom, or your toddler stuffed two rolls worth of toilet paper down the toilet. Whatever the circumstances may be, it is essential to address bathroom flooding as quickly as possible to avoid complications. Here are some tips to recover your flooded bathroom:
Turn Off the Water
First, you must locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding.
Fix the Problem
Whether the issue is a clog or a leak, it is important to determine the origin of the flood water. It is recommended that a plumber be called in most cases.
Make A Documentation
What seems to be a minor nuisance now can turn into a major issue down the road, so it is valuable to take photos of the damage for insurance purposes.
Clean the Area Around the Flood
Be certain to clean out storage units around the flooded area, making sure to examine for damaged items.
Remove Standing Water
Minor floods can be handled with a mop and towels, but if you are experiencing a major flood, it is ideal to hire a water removal service.
Use A Wet Vacuum
If you are experiencing a larger flood that can not be solved with a mop, you can use a wet vacuum, but be sure to follow safety instructions.
Pull Off Baseboards
Cautiously pry baseboards away from walls so that you can check sheetrock at floor level, as the flood water can soak up rapidly. Doing so will tell you the level of damage.
The Drying Process
Set up as many fans as possible, and arrange them so that their air circulation creates crosscurrents. Consider renting a large dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.
Remove Damaged Sheetrock
Leaving damaged sheetrock will lead to mold. It is recommended to tear out and replace any wallboard that doesn’t dry within three days.
Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!
Try your best to clean and disinfect any surface that was affected by the flood water. Using a disinfectant will also aid against mold growth.
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