Handling A Water Damaged Bathroom

Water damage is commonly found in residential bathrooms.

Water damage in the bathroom isn’t exactly unexpected, what with the presence of sink, tub, and toilet in close proximity to each other….the chances of one of them malfunctioning increases the likelihood considerably. Water damage in the bathroom is also dangerous, as it may result in people slipping and falling. As with any case of water damage, it needs to be dealt with swiftly and effectively.

Once you have discovered water in the bathroom, you should shut off the water supply. This effectively keeps any more water from getting in and making the problem worse. If the water is confined to the floor, and the result of something relatively clean like an overflowed sink, then you can very likely clean the problem yourself. If the toilet has backed up and sent sewage flowing into your hallway carpet, then you should probably call in a professional.

In most cases, a wet dry vacuum unit may be used effectively for removing any standing water. What’s left may be removed through the use of a mop or towels dropped around the room. Cleaning up the water, however, is not enough, as the damaged area will need to be treated and disinfected using a strong cleaning agent. Scour down the flooring and walls, basically any surface that has come into contact with the flood water.

Use a fan in the doorway to speed up the drying process; opening all windows will help a great deal as well. Allow a few hours for everything to be completely dried out. This will avoid long term problems such as mold.

Most bathrooms have some element of mold present. We see it quite often in our showers and around our sinks, the logical byproduct of an area that is known for excessive moisture and high humidity levels. And in most cases this mold exists with no visible side effects, and may be easily cleaned and removed with the use of a commercially available mold cleaner. All it takes is a little elbow grease.

Mold in the bathroom will not only have to be removed, but the affected area will have to be properly treated in order to prevent the mold from returning. This includes disinfecting all affected surfaces, as well as increasing the ventilation and reducing the levels of humidity. Only through completion of these steps can you be guaranteed that the mold will not return.

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