How To Clean Up After A Flooded Bathroom
Cleaning up after a flooded bathroom can be stressful, difficult, and time-consuming. However, with the right knowledge and supplies on hand you can minimise the disruption caused by this unfortunate event.
In this article, the plumbers Staunch & Flow explain in detail how to effectively clear out your home of any water damage from a flood before it causes further structural damage or mould growth. From removing standing water to drying out wet materials correctly, these tips are essential for restoring your bathroom to its original condition quickly and safely!
Remove Standing Water
The first step should be to remove all of the standing water from the affected area. For smaller floods use towels or a mop to soak up excess moisture. For larger floods consider renting out an industrial-strength wet-vacuum cleaner (or hire someone who has access to one) so you can suck everything out much faster.
Disinfect Surfaces & Carpets/Floors
Once everything is dry, all surfaces must be disinfected with an appropriate solution. For carpets & floors, use a mixture of chlorine bleach & hot water (50:50) & scrub thoroughly with a stiff brush before drying off completely with clean cloths/towels. If necessary rent out industrial fans or open windows/doors beforehand so air can circulate more easily to speed things up!
Dry Out Surrounding Areas
After surfaces have been disinfected make sure any surrounding areas (such as walls, cupboards, skirting boards etc.) are also dried out; again using industrial-strength vacuums/fans may be necessary in order to accomplish this quickly enough. Additionally, leave windows/doors open for longer periods afterward just in case there is still lingering dampness which could cause problems later down the line!
Remove Damaged Materials
Finally, where applicable remove any materials such as carpets, wallpaper etc. which may have been affected by flooding. These should always be taken off site immediately as they can often harbour dangerous germs/mould spores even after being dried out. Replace them with new ones of similar quality when able so you don't run into issues further down the line!
In conclusion, it is important to remember the steps to safely and completely clean up after a flooded bathroom. Removing standing water and drying out areas with a fan or other device is key in minimising damage. Disinfecting surfaces helps eliminate bacteria and other microorganisms that thrive in moisture-rich areas. Further, removing any damaged materials should be done as soon as possible to help prevent further destruction or health concerns.
Plumbers are your best bet for fixing pipes or drains that caused the flooding, so calling a professional can not only save you time but also money. More importantly, taking all of these steps can give you peace of mind knowing the issue has been handled with care.