Few things can be as disruptive and destructive as a flooded bathroom. Not only does it leave you with a mess to clean up, but it can also be a huge inconvenience if you only have one bathroom in your home. For that reason, you’ll want to act quickly to get your home back to normal.
At Tandem Contractors, we know that bathroom flooding often catches homeowners off guard. You may suddenly find yourself feeling panicked and unsure of what to do. Fortunately, we have plenty of experience in bathroom flooding and water damage restoration.
Whether you have a clogged toilet or a burst pipe, we know the steps to take when your bathroom floods. However, we also know that time is a critical factor, so we always suggest that homeowners start with the following steps:
Turn off the Water Supply
The most important step when dealing with any plumbing leak in your home is to shut off the water supply line. The more water you can prevent from flooding your home, the better your situation will be.
In some cases, you may be able to isolate the problem and shut off the water closer to the source. If you can’t immediately identify the cause, you should locate the main water shut-off valve. This will allow you to turn off the water to your entire home so you can stop the water no matter the source. Once you identify the cause of the leak, you may be able to restore the water supply to the rest of your house.
Make Sure You’re Not in Danger
We recommend locating your bathroom’s electricity breaker as one of the next steps to take when your bathroom is flooding. Since there is a risk of electrocution anytime you mix standing water with wiring and outlets, you’ll want to make sure the breaker is switched off.
From there, you can check all of your bathroom appliances and electronics to make sure that they don’t pose a danger. We also suggest that you check outlets for exposure to standing water before you unplug any hair dryers, lamps, etc. Electrocution isn’t the only possible danger when dealing with a flooding bathroom.
If you were away from home when the flooding started, there could be serious water damage to your flooring. In this case, you should use caution when walking on the floor, in case it has weakened. For homes with bathrooms located on the second floor, you’ll also want to make sure that the ceiling under the bathroom is holding up. Too much water could cause your ceiling to collapse!
Remove Standing Water
Once you stop the water and ensure your safety, it’s time to start the clean-up process. If you’re dealing with a toilet overflowing, the cleaning may look much different. While you won’t have to worry about sanitation, you will still need to remove any standing water right away.
For many homeowners, this means using a bucket and a mop to aid in soaking up the water. You can also use old towels or paper towels to help soak up the excess water. It’s critical that you wear latex gloves or plastic boots to reduce the risk of contamination, especially if human waste is involved.
If you happen to own a wet/dry shop vac, you can also use that to help you remove standing water. You should be sure to remove as much of the water as possible to prevent any structural problems in your home.
Start to Dry the Area
The hard work doesn’t end once you remove the floodwater. The following steps are just as crucial. You must completely dry out the room to prevent any rotting, mold, or mildew problems down the road.
To begin with that step, we recommend that you open any windows in the room to get some fresh air. You can also increase circulation by plugging in some fans. Yet another great tool is a dehumidifier. However, you need to make sure to empty it often so that it is most effective.
Some home improvement businesses rent out commercial-grade drying equipment. These heavy-duty tools can speed up the process, but it still won’t happen overnight. In fact, it can take several days or even weeks to completely dry the area.
Contact a Restoration Company
Calling in a team of professionals is one of the best steps to take when your bathroom is flooded. Water damage restoration specialists can help you with everything from drying and disinfecting to drywall replacement and flooring repair.
Depending on the severity of your bathroom flooding, you may want to call a professional to help you with the entire process. They can bring in their own equipment to expedite the water removal and drying. You may also be able to find a restoration company that offers plumbing repairs to help you eliminate the water source.
It’s important that you choose contractors who work quickly to restore your home. You’ll find that many water damage restoration businesses have an emergency line so that you can contact them no matter when the flooding occurs.
Restore Your NJ Home After Bathroom Flooding
If you are currently dealing with bathroom flooding in your Morris County home, then you should act fast. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far to find a team of experts to assist you with the water damage restoration.
Tandem Contractors is here to help you with all of your water damage and bathroom renovation needs. Our highly trained contractors have repaired homes flooded by clogged toilets, burst pipes, and more. Therefore, you can rest assured that we have all of the knowledge and equipment to restore your home as quickly as possible.
No matter the cause, we know the steps to take when your bathroom is flooded, so call our professionals today. You can also reach our restoration company for a consultation by submitting your project details through our simple contact form.