Water Damage Cleanup After Toilet Overflow
One of the problems with toilet water damage is that it is often unexpected and leads to large amounts of water flooding the bathroom. There are exceptions where a gradual leak from the toilet causes damage over time. In many cases, however, a flooding toilet is both unexpected and outputs a large amount of water. Fortunately, if you know what to do as soon as a toilet begins overflowing you will be able to mitigate the damage and the mess. From our water damage restoration experts at ERX in Las Vegas, below are five tips for cleaning up after an overflowing toilet.
Shut Off The Water
Before you do anything else, your first priority should be to shut off the water as soon as possible. This will ensure that water doesn’t continue spilling out of your toilet. Once you do this, you’ll be able to catch your breath, assess the situation, and begin removing the water.
Extract Waste And Standing Water
Because you have turned off the water, you now have all the time you need to clean up the spill without worrying about additional flooding. Before you begin cleaning the water, however, there is one important caveat: always put your safety first! Overflow from toilets that contains sewage is even more dangerous than it is gross. Coming into the contact with fecal waste is extremely dangerous and it can lead to serious health complications. If you can begin cleaning the mess safely, you should begin doing so as soon as you can. Grab a mop and begin moving as much of the water as you can into an empty bucket.
Use A Plunger
You should always have a plunger on hand and in the case of most clogs a plunger should be all you need to resolve the problem. This may not be a glamorous job but it sure is an important one!
Dry Out Remaining Moisture
Even after removing the water, there will be a considerable amount of moisture left behind that was absorbed by floor mats or other porous materials. The threat of water damage doesn’t go away until you have dried out all the remaining moisture from such items.
Clean And Sanitize The Area
It’s important that you don’t leave any lingering bacteria in your bathroom or on the equipment that you’ve been using. For this step, you’ll want to mix one cup of bleach and one gallon of warm water in your bucket. From there, sanitize any area in the bathroom that you believe came into contact with the wastewater. Be sure that you wear rubber gloves to protect yourself as well.
Water Damage Cleanup In Las Vegas
While toilet water damage may be a very common issue for homeowners, you have the resources at your disposal to prevent this from happening or at least mitigating the damage if it does. Nonetheless, should you ever deal with water damage from your toilet or any other source, don’t hesitate to give us a call at ERX in Las Vegas for help with the cleanup.