Preventing Water Damage Restoration In The Bathroom
The bathroom is a frequent site of water damage restoration because of how frequently it is used. Regularly performing maintenance on your bathroom will help lower the likelihood of needing water damage restoration because you may identify issues with bathroom appliances and fixtures earlier, solving them before they cause significant damage.
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Our team at ERX specializes in water damage restoration and has seen a fair share of water damage in bathrooms. Here are some strategies our team recommends that may prevent you from needing water damage restoration.
- Regularly clean drains. Drains that are clogged or blocked prevent water from flowing through pipes and out of your bathroom. Water will back up and overflow into your bathroom when drains are unable to move water freely through them, often resulting in water damage restoration. Bathroom drains can easily become clogged by excessive soap, scum, filth, and hair that is constantly being washed down them. Drain guards and shields prevent objects from falling down the drain, which helps to avoid clogs, and are affordable and easy to use. You should routinely clean your pipes and drains to prevent excess build either with a commercial drain cleaner or a mixture of baking soda, hot water, and vinegar.
- Watch what you flush down the toilet. Make sure you are only flushing toilet paper down the toilet and in small amounts. Instead of flushing personal hygiene items and sanitary wipes down the toilet where they might clog pipes and result in a sewage backup, these items should be disposed of in the trash. These items are known for requiring serious water damage restoration due to the clogging it brings. If you live with young children, make sure they learn that only small amounts of toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. It is also important to keep your toilet bowl clean from excess build-up and to keep an eye on the water level. Too much filling in the bowl or too little can indicate a drainage problem that could lead to water damage restoration.
- Inspect the sealing and casings around showers, tubs, sinks, and toilets. The tub and shower should be sealed with caulk to stop water from leaking out and around them. The grout around the shower tiles acts as a water-resistant filler. Before turning on the water, make a quick inspection of the caulk and grout for any signs of separation, holes, flaking, or any damaged, chipped, or cracked areas. Be sure to have these problems addressed quickly so as to remain water resistant and avoid needing water damage restoration. If you notice gaps between toilet fixtures and the floor, or sinks and counters, consider having them resealed before water can seep under them and cause serious damage and mold growth.
- Last, but not least, be sure to check the cabinet under the sink routinely for signs of water leaks or damage. This is a common area for leaks and flooding to occur because of the number of pipes located there and all their connections and junctions, which are more prone to leaks. Early signs of water damage can be caught and resolved before needing major water damage restoration by simply checking for pooling water, dripping water, or condensation.
The likelihood of needing water damage restoration can be significantly reduced by maintaining a clean bathroom and doing routine inspections. If you do experience any kind of water damage, whether in your bathroom or anywhere else in your home, call the water damage restoration experts at ERX.