When your bathroom floods, it can be a very stressful situation. Most of us begin to panic and frantically struggle to rescue our belongings from further damage. One of the most important things to do when your bathroom floods is to remain calm. No matter how severe the problem, there are several steps you can take to minimize damage.
Remaining calm and taking planned steps will drastically decrease the chances of you getting injured and will help decrease the amount of damage to your bathroom and items. Here are steps to take when your bathroom floods in Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and the surrounding areas.
Shut Off the Water Source & Circuit Breaker to the Bathroom
Immediately shut off the water source and circuit breaker to the flooded bathroom and any affected areas. If you can identify where the flooding is coming from, you only need to shut off that specific apparatus; however, if you can’t figure out where the water is coming from, shut off all water to your home to ensure the leaking stops and to prevent further flooding. Be aware that even when you turn off your home’s water, flooding may continue temporarily until all the water in the system has been let out.
Before entering the bathroom, make sure it’s safe to do so by making sure no outlets are submerged, no plugs are in the water, and there’s no electrical current. The best thing to do is shut off all electricity to the bathroom by shutting off the circuit breaker for that particular bathroom and any other areas that may be affected by the flooding. There is a very high risk of electrocution in flooded bathrooms, even when flooding doesn’t seem severe. These two steps are paramount to your safety and minimizing damage and injury.
Protect Your Property & Remove All Objects
Once it’s safe to enter your bathroom, remove any objects that have been affected by water and dry them. Remove rugs and other items that retain water, as well as anything that could bleed or stain. Rugs and cloth items such as towels and linen hold a lot of water, making them perfect places for mold and bacteria to grow. Mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours, so removing items that retain moisture is pivotal to preventing mold growth.
A professional water damage repair company like True Builders will help locate the leak, effectively repair the water damage, and restore your home quickly and safely.
Soak Up As Much Water As Possible
Once you have removed any items from your bathroom, it’s important to soak up as much water as possible and expedite the drying process to prevent mold growth and further water damage. You want your bathroom to get as dry as possible, as fast as possible. Open any windows your bathroom may have and turn on the bathroom fan to circulate the air. Mop the floor to get as much water off the floor as you can, and dry inside cabinets, around nooks and crannies, and wipe down any wooden surfaces. Wood is easily damaged by water so it’s important to dry these items as soon as possible to minimize damage.
Call a Professional Like True Builders
Calling a professional company like True Builders is pivotal in containing the water damage and preventing any further damage such as mold growth. Our water damage repair contractors are highly skilled and experienced in detecting water leaks and repairing any damage from flooding. We use non-invasive leak detection services to locate the source of the flooding and handle all the necessary steps to repair the leak, restore water damage, and perform any mold removal and remediation services needed. Our company will also help you document the damage and fill out any paperwork necessary to file a claim with your insurance company.
Do you have a flooded bathroom or water leak in your home?
If you have a flooded bathroom or water leak in your home in Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and the surrounding areas, call us immediately at (863) 647-1800! Our company will help repair the damage and restore your home quickly so you can resume your normal activities.
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