Have you ever wanted a pool to cool off and play in during the summer? Well, hopefully that pool is outside where it belongs rather than inside your house. If you find yourself having to cope with a bathroom flood as a result of bursting pipes or natural disasters don’t despair. Here’s a few things that you can do during and after your bathroom has flooded to help fix up your home and prevent major long term damage to your home.
What to do Immediately
When your bathroom has flooded, the most important thing to do is to shut of your water as soon as possible. If you don’t know how to do it, it’s good to call a plumber and hopefully they can help you shut it off over the phone before they get to your house to assess damage. If the leak is coming from a toilet or sink, there is usually a knob near the pipes that you can turn to the right and shut off. You will also need to shut off the electricity of the flooded rooms with the main breaker. If you see sparks or smell gas vacate your house and call the fire department, only going back in until they tell you it is safe.
It is extremely important to take inventory of the damage in your home. Take notes and lots of pictures, you will need it for insurance purposes and income tax deductions. Make sure that you rescue the most valuable items to you before they can get further damaged including money, jewelry, photos, books, and other items that can be easily damaged by water. Then call your insurance agent, plumber, and possibly electrician. Even though you can dry out your house and clean out the debris, you will still need professional help to make sure that everything is still structurally sound and fixed properly to help prevent this kind of damage again in the future. It’s good to remember that repairing your home is probably going to be a long process and coping with this problem can wear away at someone. Once the immediate crisis is taken care of, it’s good to take a breath and go a little slower to give yourself and family some rest after the chaos of a flooded bathroom.
Dry Out the Damaged Areas
Once all of the water and electricity is off, move the furniture or items that got wet to dry areas. If you don’t have enough room in the dry area, you can put a few layers of aluminum foil around the legs of furniture to help protect them while they’re still in the wet zone. It is best to try and remove as much water from your floor as possible with mops, wet/dry vacuum, or blotting with paper towels and cloths. Opening all of your cabinets and turning on your ac (unless the flood level was high enough to get into your unit) will also help with air movement and a quicker drying process depending on how much damage there was. It only takes mold one to two days to start growing in a damp or wet area. So, the faster you can fix the flooded bathroom the better off you and your house will be.Give your house plenty of time to dry before trying to rebuild your floors and doorways. Many problems result from trying to rebuild before everything dries. It usually takes a week for the visible signs of water to disappear; it would be good to wait another week to allow the things you cannot see dry as well. When it is dried, the wood that’s in your bathroom may return to its original shape, but don’t try to force anything. If wood, the floors, or ceilings don’t go back to normal, it may be a sign that you will need to hire a contractor to help you repair the damage to your house.
With any luck you will never have to go through a bathroom or home flooding. But if you do, hopefully these tips will help you with your surprise indoor pool and the potential damage it can cause.
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