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Clean Up Bathroom Water Damage

by Chad Robertson
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The bathroom is one of the most flood-prone areas in the house. When rising water strikes, follow these tips and act quickly to minimize damages.

bathroom_fans>> Ebb the Flow: The sooner you can get to the source of the problem, the better your chances of preventing long-term damage. Overflowing bathtubs can be addressed immediately. For problems that are less-apparent, such as a toilet or a sink, turn off the water supply from the mains to stop the flow. Other problems may require temporary fixes by stopping up the source with a towel.

>> Water Removal: Once you stop the water flow, it's important to immediately begin removing water from the area. Rags, buckets, and mops can help you with this process. HomeSquire water damage professionals can employ advanced tools to help extract water even faster. Once the water is removed, wipe down walls and all wood features. Then ventilate the area using fans and open windows. This airflow will help prevent mold and bacteria growth.

>> Clean Up: Immediately wash any rugs or towels that were affected by the flood to help prevent mold damage. Once the affected area dries completely, sanitize it with a bleach solution. Follow that up with a thorough cleaning using normal bathroom products. Be sure that wood paneling and anything else touching the floor is properly cleaned and dried.

>> Check for Mold: As with all water damage issues, check that mold didn't have the opportunity to grow. Signs of mold include discolorations, a musty scent, and walls that feel soft. Be particularly wary of Black Mold.

HomeSquire professionals can help at all phases of the clean-up. Call your local professional to help you fix the leak, remove the water, and prevent mold from growing. They can also help you determine if long-term damage is likely.

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