Living in a home with six other people, I grew up very used to overflowing toilets. This is not only a pain in the rear, but it can also be gross and a tad dangerous. You could easily slip and fall on all the water that emptied from the toilet. This isn’t the only thing you need to worry about though. Sitting water can quickly turn to water damage.
Repairing the toilet can be done with just a regular old plunger. If this does not work, you want to turn your water valve on the toilet off. This will prevent any more water from splashing on the floor. When plunging fails, your best bet is to call a plumber in.
If you experience overflow, make sure you clean up all the water as soon as possible. Sitting water WILL cause water damage, especially if the area of destruction was on the second level. Water can easily seep through cracks and into the floors and creep all the way down to the first floor or basement. You do not want all of this water damage. Water damage is hard enough to deal with without it being in the walls, too. Any carpeting around the toilet should be removed and hung to dry immediately. If it has sat in water for more than 48 hours, you should trash it and buy a new one to avoid mold buildup. If you notice that the overflow is becoming a routine, ask for professional help. Repetitive water damage, even if cleaned immediately, can cause breakdown in the floor.
Any type of water damage, overflow or not, should be examined by a trained professional. Most water restoration companies offer free estimates, 24/7, and 365 days a year. So what have you got to lose? Give your local water restoration company a call with any and all water restoration needs!
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Thank you to 24/7 Water Restoration for quickly coming to our house and cleaning up the water damage in our basement from a burst pipe. Their technicians were extremely professional and polite. Their quick response reduced the risks of mold setting in and causing even more damage and potential allergies and health concerns for our son. Thank you for your outstanding service!Karen