Posted on: 26 January 2017
When the bathroom floods it can wreak havoc that's expensive to replace or repair when all is said and done. Luckily, you can hire a water damage restoration crew to clean the mess up and make your bathroom usable again. There are also a few things you can do while waiting for the restoration crew to show up that will help minimize the damage overall. Consider using one or more of the following options:
Rent a Large Fan
Renting a large fan and running it in the doorway of your bathroom is an effective way to eliminate some of the water buildups while waiting for the restoration crew to arrive and pick up the rest of the pieces. Start running the fan as soon as possible after the flood happens, making sure that the windows in the bathroom are completely open during the time for optimal air flow.
You may be able to have the fan delivered within just a couple of hours after ordering it, but expect to pay a small fee for expedited delivery. Consider keeping the fan around for a few days after the restoration crew finishes their job so you can continue to air the space out and ensure that no mold or mildew starts to form during the final drying phase.
Remove the Trim
To make sure that no water can puddle behind the bathroom trim on the walls before the restoration crew has a chance to get there, remove them and take them outside to let them fully dry so you can reinstall them after cleanup is completed by your service provider. This is a perfect time to wash the trim with soap and water, sand it, and to give them a new look with a fresh coat of paint. If your trim is so old that sanding it doesn't even cut the surface of it, consider replacing it altogether with new materials.
Pack Personal Items in Tubs
It's important to make sure that you pack up all your personal belongings in the bathroom and store it in plastic sealable tubs to ensure that the moisture in the space that's created by excess water doesn't ruin anything. For example, mold and mildew can quickly start growing on things like cotton balls and toothbrushes if they're exposed to too much humidity. So keep everything in tubs on the counter or in a closet nearby until your water damage restoration crew has cleaned up and gone home.
With the help of these tips and tricks, you should find it easy to get your bathroom back into shape after an inconvenient flood. Contact a company like ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services to learn more.Share