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Whether the pipe supplying water to your bathroom has burst, your child left the tap running, or a malfunctioning toilet is overflowing, these problems can escalate into a flooded bathroom within no time. Bathroom floods can be incredibly devastating, and if you don’t take immediate action they can expose you and your family to illnesses, damage your floors and walls, and cause mold growth.
Knowing what to do in the event that your bathroom floods can help you minimize damage to your property and give you peace of mind.
Here are the steps to take when you find yourself with a flooded bathroom.
The first thing to do is to identify the water source and turn off the water to prevent the situation from getting worse. Most water sources have shut-off valves that allow you to cut off the source of the water. If turning off the water doesn’t stop water flooding into your bathroom, you may be dealing with a broken pipe and you need to call a nearby plumber to fix the problem.
If the flood waters are high, turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker to eliminate the risk of electrocution. If the area is safe, unplug the bathroom appliances and gadgets in your bathroom to prevent damage. But if the water has reached electrical outlets in your bathroom, do not enter your bathroom as you would be risking getting electrocuted. Call an electrician to take care of the situation.
Use a mop, old towels, or a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove the standing water in your bathroom. However, this will depend on the category of the flood water. You should only consider removing standing water if there are no immediate health threats from the water. If the flood water contains a significant amount of contaminants, call a water damage company to help you.
Drying out a flooded bathroom requires advanced drying equipment which you may not have access to. It’s best to hire a water damage cleanup company to get rid of hidden water and disinfect the affected area.
Water damage cleanup is not one of those tasks you can handle by yourself if you don’t have experience in water damage restoration, especially if you’re dealing with a high amount of contaminated water. This job requires advanced water extraction equipment, air movers, dehumidifiers to remove standing water as well as hidden water.
Call your insurance company and let them know the extent of water damage in your bathroom. Be sure to take pictures of the flooded bathroom before you start cleaning to support your claim.
Whether you’ve experienced flood damage, fire damage, or sewage backup in your property, you need to call a water damage company right away to help you restore your property to its pre-loss condition. The longer you wait to initiate water damage cleanup and restoration, the worse the damage will be.
At Tidal Wave Response, we provide fast and effective water damage restoration to prevent further damage. Our water damage restoration team brings in top-of-the-line water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, and air movers to help you restore your bathroom to its pre-loss state.