Your bathroom is now flooded because the weather forecast was not “it might”. The damage is obvious and the smell is awful. This is not what you envisioned when you set out to spend an adventurous weekend. This adventure is a good one, but you’ll be knee-deep in water!
You know who is responsible for a toilet that overflows or becomes clogged due to flooding. The gutter line is the culprit. Until that happens, you’ll be staring at this mess in your bathroom for many days… unless something changes.
The bacteria that can be found in a bathroom that is flooding is a major concern. The bathroom is contaminated by human waste. Professional cleaning may be necessary. Here’s what you can do in the interim:
Turn off the Main Valve
Shut off the main valve immediately you notice floodwater in your house. The water supply to your home will be cut off by this. You can then take steps to clean the toilet. Make sure to turn off the electricity breaker in the bathroom. You don’t want electrocution because you could be submerged in dirty water up to your ankles.
Assessing the damage and cleaning up the mess
Once the water is under control, you are ready to move on to the next stage. There are several steps that you can take in order to clean up the mess. If the water is more than knee-deep or the damage is severe, you will need to pick up the water and pour it into empty containers. Call a professional cleaning company to clean up the mess.
How to Clean up a Flooded Bathroom
- To absorb any water, use towels or a mop. To prevent contamination, don’t forget to use latex gloves and plastic boots.
- To dry the area, open the windows. If you have one, use it.
- Use soapy water to scrub the floor.
- To remove bacteria, clean it with bleach and water.
- To dry the entire area, keep the windows open with the fan running at high speed. This will let you know if there is any water seeping into the floor.
Even if you have cleared the floodwater, it’s important to contact a professional cleaning company. It is difficult to identify floor damage caused by water. It will be too late by the time you smell a musty odor or see green slime in your grout.
Water can seep under the foundation depending on what floor material you choose. This could cause structural damage to your home.