Flooded Bathroom: What To Do

What to do when your bathroom floods

If your bathroom floods, you should first find and turn off the water source quickly. If the flood was caused by a toilet overflowing, turn off the water supply line at the toilet’s base. If you’re unsure or can’t quickly find the leak, locate your master water shut-off valve and turn off the water. If you can’t locate the source of the leak or your shut-off valve, or if you have a burst pipe, contact a plumber.

Second, locate your electrical panel and turn off the power. Turning off the power helps reduce the risk of electrocution.

Next, assess the situation. If you have standing water in your bathroom or adjacent rooms, contact a flood damage restoration expert in your area. There can be significant damage to your home with this much excess water.

If the water damage is minor, you can begin to soak up excess water with towels. You can also use fans or wet-dry vac. Remove everything from cabinets or closets. If the carpet is wet, you’ll need to pull it up to assess. If the pad beneath is also wet, it will be hard to dry it without removing both.

For significant damage, the sooner you get an expert to assess the problem, the better.

A water damage restoration company deals with these situations every day. They have the equipment and experience to get the problem assessed quickly.

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What to do when your upstairs bathroom is flooded

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When upstairs bathrooms flood, the water seeps through walls and often to the lower floors of your home. With any flood that isn’t on the ground floor of your home, you must ensure other floors aren’t affected.

The most effective way is to contact a water damage restoration company to use moisture detection tools to assess the damage thoroughly. The sooner you call a restoration company, the sooner they can evaluate the damage and work to limit the damage to your home.

DIY or self-service water damage clean-up

Most homeowners insurance has a deductible of $1,000 or greater. You might come to the point where you are trying to decide whether to file a homeowners insurance claim or try to clean it up on your own.

The big issue with DIY or self-service water clean-up is you can’t see water or moisture damage in walls, behind drywall, cabinets, or underneath carpets, padding, or subfloors. It’s also difficult to dry out soaked carpet padding without pulling it up.

If you’re not sure, it’s best to contact a water damage restoration¬†company. They have the tools to measure moisture inside walls or floors.

Assessing & fixing water damage early prevents the risk of mold, which can be costly and time-consuming to mitigate. The restoration company will also deal with your homeowner’s insurance to get your home back to pre-loss condition.

Document the damage

Pulling out your smartphone isn’t the first thing on your mind when dealing with flood or water damage, but it’s important to take photos if your homeowner’s insurance needs them. Keep track of events, dates, and times. If you call a water damage restoration company or a plumber, make notes of names and phone numbers.

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