Bathrooms are some of the most used rooms in a house, with lots of water flowing every day as people get ready for work or school. Bathrooms are also the rooms with the most water sources, including sinks, a toilet, and some type of shower/tub combination. For these reasons, of all of the rooms in your house, bathrooms are most likely to experience a flood from a broken pipe or plumbing fixture.Flooding can be caused by a clogged toilet overflowing and spilling across the bathroom floor. If the plumbing supply lines or pipes to the sinks, toilet, or shower/bathtub rupture, this can spray water over walls and floors, and even inside walls. All of this can cause extensive damage if you don’t notice the problem right away and get professional help from one of the best water damage restoration companies in Newnan.
Here are five essential things to do when a bathroom is flooding.
1. Turn off the water ASAP – This will stop more water from spilling or spraying through the bathroom. There are two ways to do this. If water is spraying from the toilet supply line or spilling over the brim of the toilet, turn the knob on the toilet supply line to the right until you can’t turn it anymore. This will shut the water off below the knob.
The other option is to turn off the water at the main supply line to the house. It is a good idea to educate everyone in the house where the shutoff to the main water supply is located and how to turn it off. If you live in an older house, you will have a knob on the shutoff valve. Turn it to the right until it doesn’t turn anymore to shut off the water. Newer houses will have a lever. If the lever is in line with the pipe, the valve is open, and the water is flowing. Turn the lever a half-turn, so the lever is positioned to the right or left of the main water line to shut it off.
2. Photograph the damage you can see immediately. Photographs of any standing water can be very valuable in the insurance process down the road.
3. Call a water restoration company – You’re going to need professional help. Most bathroom leaks lead to lots of water trapped in structural materials such as drywall and baseboards, as well as under tile walls, and tile, vinyl or wood flooring. Modern vanities are almost always made of MDF or particle board and are typically ruined instantly. Once moisture is in your walls, this will lead to mold growth if not dried in a timely manner, which can cause a number of health issues. Most homeowner’s insurance policies will cover water restoration work. Experience and written standards help restoraters understand what materials can be dried and what can be removed.
4. Remove excess water – If the water was from a clean source, remove as much standing water as possible using a wet/dry vac, towels or mops.
The sooner you can do this, the less damage to your house and risk of mold. If the water came from a dirty source, it is not recommended to clean it up yourself without proper personal protective equipment or training. Once the water restoration company arrives, they will clean up the remaining water and remove moisture with their proper work practices and professional drying equipment.
5. Maintain Climate Control – It can be tempting to open the windows. Don’t do it! The average relative humidity in Newnan is 68%. Your best bet to assist the drying process is to leave the air conditioner or heat unit running as normal. If you typically don’t use the AC, turn it on to 70 degrees, and if you keep your heat below 65 degrees, turn it up to 68. The AC and heat units aid in dehumidification and help maintain the optimum operating environment for dehumidifiers.
To learn more about what to do when you have a flooding bathroom at home, or any area of your house, call Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC at 770-966-9987.