Homeowners take many precautions to protect their homes from the elements. Sealing off doors and windows can stop water from coming in, but what do you do when water damaged comes from inside? The bathroom is one of the likeliest rooms in your house to suffer from water damage, and you should know how to clean up after a bathroom flood.
First and foremost, regardless of if the water is coming from the shower, the toilet, or the sink, you should turn the water off. If you can get to your water supply, shut it off immediately. By stopping the flow of water, you can limit and decrease any damage to your property, and you will want to dry the areas before you give mold a chance to grow.
Next, shut off the electricity. If you have power still running in a water-logged bathroom, stepping into the room can become a dangerous situation. Electrocution is a considerable risk to take when trying to clean up a confined space like the bathroom.
You will want to remove as much water as possible from the flooded area. Limit the flow and spreading first, and then use towels or a bucket to soak up as much as you can. Again, the sooner you can dry the area, the less damage your property will take.
The area needs to be well ventilated, too. Open up doors and window to get a good amount of air flow into your bathroom, and use fans if necessary to get enough air circulating. The moving air will help cool the room and allow the wet areas to dry out quicker, reducing damage and the chance of mold.
Finally, if things are still out of hand and the situation looks bleak, do not hesitate to call a professional. With the right help, you can assess the damage and come up with a plan of action to begin the restoration process.
Let Action Restoration be the ones you call when you need help cleaning up after a bathroom flood. Action Restoration Inc. believes the best solution is a WIN-WIN-WIN result for the property owner, the insurer, and the restoration company. Together we can mitigate the loss faster, inspect more thoroughly, then communicate better with everyone involved.