A few things to do immediately before it’s too late…
Now, you’re at that point- standing in your bathroom looking at the floor thinking “My f*&^%$$^ Bathroom Flooded, What Do I Do?!”
Its too bad, that broken pipe under your bathroom sink, or that disgruntled supply valve on your toilet that has currently flooded your house doesn’t count as an indoor pool!
I’m just kidding ( I’m terrible at telling jokes), but seriously!
Here’s some quick advice.
When your bathroom is flooded, it’s important to shut off the water as soon as possible! If you don’t know how, call us, or call your plumber and we will do our best to help you figure out how to shut it off until we can get there to help you in person.
If the leak is from a toilet or a sink, you can usually find a knob near the pipes that you can turn off by turning to the right. Remember, “Righty tighty, lefty loosey!”
Move your furniture in a dry area, pin up the skirts, and protect the legs of furnishings that must remain on the wet floor with a few layers of aluminum foil. Prop up wet cushions so they can dry, and turn them as necessary to make sure they don’t bleed.
Turn off the electricity in the flooded rooms if you see sparks or smell gas. You can do this on your main breaker. If you see these things, you should high tail it out of there and call the fire department. Don’t go back into the house until they tell you it is safe.
Now that you’ve got a couple of quick things handled from your bathroom flooding, if you have already had a plumber in to fix the pipes or problem, call us 24/7 (877) 520-1923.
IF, A CEILING IS SAGGING AS A RESULT OF RETAINED WATER, PLEASE, MAKE SURE
*NO ONE GOES IN THAT ROOM*
DO NOT TURN ON THE CEILING FAN IN THAT ROOM.
Remove as much excess water from your flooring as possible. Mop, blot, use a wet/dry shop vac. DO NOT USE YOUR NORMAL VACUUM!
Do I really need to mention that? Yes. I do.
Open all cabinet doors and drawers to allow for more air movement and quicker drying.
Wipe down your wood furniture and relocate paintings and pictures to a dry place to prevent further damage.
Don’t leave magazines, books, and other items on wet carpet floors because they could bleed and stain your floor.
Do not use televisions or other electrical appliances while in a moist area or while standing on wet floor.
Things to Keep in Mind:
When your kitchen, bathroom or any part of your house is flooded, it’s important to take notes and lots of pictures in regards to the damage. Don’t let the water sit, make sure you soak it up and promote drying as soon as possible. It only takes mold 24-48 hours to grow.
You have enough problems to deal with, don’t let “cutting corners” lead to more. Make sure you contact a professional, licensed restoration and remediation specialist, (877) 520-1923.
Check their credentials and make sure they know how to properly mitigate water and are certified to handle the remediation process. For more information on cost and insurance, consult our articles “Homeowners Insurance and Water Damage”