Posted on: 13 December 2016Share
If you came home from a weekend away and found out that your bathroom had flooded, you'll need to get things cleaned up fast. The longer the water stands, the bigger risk you have of encountering mold growth. This is particularly true if you have standing water in your bathroom. Here are three steps to take if you've encountered a watery mess in your home.
Open the Windows
If you've got standing water in your home, you'll need to open all the windows. The fresh air will help clear out the mold spores that might be circulating through your home. Keep your windows open while you're taking care of the water cleanup.
Remove the Water
If your bathroom is flooded, the first thing you'll need to do is get rid of the water. Use a sump pump to get rid of the main water and then vacuum the area with a shop vacuum to remove the rest. Make sure you remove as much of the water as possible. Pay close attention to the areas along the baseboards.
Water can seep under the baseboards and will continue to leak out until it's all removed. For best results, remove the baseboards while you're cleaning up the water. Removing the baseboards will allow you to get to the water that has seeped behind the walls. It will also help dry out the room faster. Once the water is gone, you'll need to start the mold cleanup.
Get Rid of the Mold
Once you have all the water cleaned up from the bathroom floor, take all your wet laundry—towels, clothing, and throw rugs—and toss them in the washing machine. Wash your wet laundry in hot water and add about ¼ cup of liquid bleach to the washing machine. The hot water and bleach will get your clothes clean and remove any mold that might have started growing. Once your clothes are washed, toss them in the dryer and send them through a hot cycle. You should also clean your bathroom to get rid of the mold spores. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few tablespoons of bleach. Spray the hard surfaces with the solution and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Wipe the area with a clean cloth.
If your vacation ended with a flooded bathroom, use the steps provided above to clean up the mess and get rid of the mold. For serious flood problems, be sure to call a professional water-damage repair company or mold-remediation company, such as Servpro Of Bear New Castle.