Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
There is one holiday surprise no one ever wants: a flooded bathroom. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, it is something that can ruin your Christmas spirit, especially if it happens when you have holiday visitors.
Indoor water damage is costly as well as inconvenient. According to homeadvisor.com, the average reported cost to repair an incident of water damage exceeds $2,000 and can be as high as $6,000.
A variety of problems can cause bathroom flooding. Overflowing toilets, leaking pipes, clogged or broken drains, faulty faucets and corroded valves are just some of the sources of uncontrolled water. No matter the cause, there are immediate steps you should take to limit the damage. But believe it or not, many homeowners don’t know where to find the most important feature in your entire plumbing system.
Shut off the flow
The first step is to determine the source of the water and turn it off. If the leak is coming from a toilet or a sink, there is typically a shutoff valve at the base of the supply line. This is NOT the only place you should turn off the water! Go directly to the main water valve and turn it off immediately. If you can’t locate the valve or if it’s corroded and won’t turn, then you will need to contact a plumber immediately.
Call a plumber
You need to get an experienced, qualified plumber to diagnose and repair the problem as quickly as possible. Obviously, you don’t want the problem to recur, so it makes sense to have the plumber do an inspection to look for other potential trouble spots.
Repair and restore
Bathroom flooding can cause extensive problems that extend beyond the bathroom. An experienced water remediation company can help you assess the total damage and take necessary steps to restore the damaged areas. Depending on the extent of the flooding, you might need to replace sheetrock, carpeting, flooring, furniture, cabinets and more. Professionals can also help deal with issues like mold that can result from water damage.
Take preventative action
Many of the problems that can cause bathroom flooding are apparent long before the disaster occurs. Annual inspections by a qualified plumbing professional can help identify potential issues. State Farm notes the first signs of water damage often seem trivial: a drip here or a drop there — things a homeowner might barely notice.
With regular inspections, things like corroded valves and tiny leaks in aging pipes can be fixed before they become major catastrophes that can cause thousands of dollars in damage and create major headaches.
About Linda Stanfield
Linda Stanfield has been offering plumbing services across the Valley for 31 years. She is the only plumber in the state to have won the BBB Ethics Award three times. As a plumbing leader in the valley, she can also be found on TV and YouTube sharing and helping consumers with their plumbing needs.