We’ve all been there. The toilet starts to overflow. Or we forgot to turn the water off in the bathtub. Or the bathroom faucet continues to leak and we just haven’t gotten around to fixing it. What do we do if the momentary forgetfulness or procrastination causes your bathroom to be submerged in water?
There are a number of opportunities for bathroom flooding. Second only to the basement, it’s the room in the house most likely to experience water mishaps. Yes, a clogged toilet may overflow when flushed, or a water supply line leaks under a bathroom sink, or someone (possibly you) starts filling a bathtub and forgets—any of these can turn water loose in the bathroom.
You can’t undo what’s already happened. However, taking the right steps after bathroom flooding can minimize immediate consequences.
Turn off the water supply. If it’s just a single fixture, like a toilet overflowing, there’s an individual shut-off valve on the wall behind the fixture to cut off water and stop the flooding. If (as sometimes happens), the individual shut-off valve to a fixture is frozen because it hasn’t been turned off in years, it’s a good idea to know in advance the location of the main water shutoff valve for the whole house and how to operate it to shut the water off there.
Turn off electricity to the bathroom at the circuit breaker panel. In a flooded indoor room, electrocution is always a hazard. If there’s a lot of standing water in the bathroom, you don’t want to enter that soaked environment with outlets and light fixtures still “hot” with electrical power. If you’re uncertain about which circuit breakers control bathroom power, have an electrician clear the room before entering.
Remove standing water. Use mops, old towels and floor squeegees to get standing water up off the floor and into buckets or down a drain. If you have a wet/dry shop vac in the house, you can utilize that, as well. Get any soaked bathroom rugs out of the house, too. These rugs and any water-logged carpeting is prime real estate for mold growth.
Circulate air continuously. Open windows and/or bring in fans (be careful of using extension cords in wet areas) to keep air moving and dry the area as well as to reduce residual humidity in the air.
While minor flooding in the bathroom can seem to be just that – minor, sometimes the issue can turn messy, expensive and unhealthy. If a bathtub overflows, water can seep into the walls and affect rooms below. If there is a leak in the pipe under the sink, it can be a sign of a bigger problem.
If you do experience flooding in your bathroom and beyond, call the experts at Sage Restoration. #ServiceWithCompassion