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The First Steps To Take After a Bathroom Leak

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a stair in the middle of a big room and a person working in the far end of the room. Flooding can lead to severe damage in your commercial building.

The bathroom is one of the most problematic places in the building for flooding. With heavy use, there's a lot of water flowing through the room. However, some of the worst sewer damage occurs when there the toilet and sewage are involved. For example, a flooded toilet could send water and other contaminants through offices and inventory, as well as into lower levels of the building.

Avoid Water Damage From Flooding

If you face this uncomfortable situation, your first steps could affect how well your property recovers. Begin by taking a calming breath and then take the following steps to minimize the amount of damage done throughout the building:

Shut off the water. Depending on the severity of the problem, you could turn off the water just behind the toilet or under the sink. If you can't stop the water at one of these valves, look for the main water switch in the basement or on the outside of the building.

Turn off the electricity. Water and electricity are a very dangerous combination. Even a little bit of moisture can create an electrocution hazard when electricity is still "hot."

Contact water damage cleanup and restoration professionals. The sooner you can get a technician out to inspect the building, the better you can minimize widespread sewer damage.

Remove water and dry out the rooms. Using a wet/dry vac, mops, towels, and anything else you have on hand, get as much water out as possible.

Create ventilation and air flow. Open the windows and turn on fans. As the air moves, it reduces the amount of humidity hanging around in the room.

When multiple floors are affected by flooding, be cautious before entering the flooded area. Water may have weakened structural elements of the building. Imagine stepping into a water-logged floor and finding your leg stuck through the ceiling of the office below.

Act Quickly for the Best Results

Sewer damage can be a frustrating situation, but when you follow these steps or any recommended by your West Valley City, UT, sewage company, you can avoid more damage. The faster you get professionals into your building, the sooner the cleanup and repairs will be complete.

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