The weather forecast wasn’t a “it might” situation, and now you are looking at your flooded bathroom. From the sight of it, the damage is pretty nasty, and the smell is nastier. We know this isn’t what you had in mind when you thought about spending an adventurous weekend. You got an adventure alright, but one where you will be knee deep in water!
When a toilet overflows or clogs due to a flood, you know the culprit. It’s the gutter line and until that gets cleared up, you will be looking at this nasty mess in your bathroom for days… unless you do something about it.
A major area of concern when your bathroom is flooded is the bacteria. Human waste makes the room completely unsanitary and until you opt for professional cleaning, it’s better to not use the bathroom. In the meantime, here’s what you can do:
Shut Off the Main Valve
The moment you see floodwater in the house, shut off the main valve. This way, the water supply into your house will stop. The toilet will stop filling with further water and you can take measures to remove the dirty water from the bathroom. Don’t forget to turn off the bathroom’s electricity breaker. Since you will be ankle deep or knee deep in dirty water, you don’t want to run the risk of electrocution.
Assessing the Damage and Cleaning Up the Mess
Once you have the inflow of water under control, you can proceed to the next phase. There are some steps you can take to clean up the mess. However, if the water is knee deep and the damage is extensive, all you can do is pick up the water and pour it in empty containers. In this case, call for a professional cleaning service to take care of the mess.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Do you see fecal matter in the water? If the water is merely discolored, then use towels to soak it up and squeeze it out in the tub. In any case, don’t forget to wear latex gloves or plastic boots to prevent contamination.
- Once you have squeezed out all the water, open the windows to dry the area (if you have a pedestal fan, then this step will go faster).
- Mop any remaining moisture and then scrub the floor with soapy water
- Mop the floor again and then clean it with bleach and water
- Wash the towels in laundry detergent and then dunk them in hot water. If the flooded water had human waste, then use bleach to clean the towels
- Next, clean the bathtub and sink if you squeezed out the dirty water in them
- Keep the windows open and the fan on high to completely dry the area. This will allow you to find out if water has seeped into the floor
Even when you have cleaned the floodwater, it is important to call a cleaning service. Floor damage due to water is something that is hard to spot. By the time you catch a whiff of a musty smell and see green slime in the grout, it will be too late.
Depending on your floor material, water can seep underneath into the foundation and cause damage to your home’s structure.
S.T.O.P. uses special equipment such as pumps and shop vacs to clean the dirty water. They have large commercial fans that dry the room and provide clear access for repairs. If your bathroom is flooded and you are looking for restoration and cleaning services, then contact them. STOP Restoration offers its services in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and many other areas. To know more about their services, call at 702-803-3094.