What Can You Do To Prevent Water Damage To Your Philadelphia Bathroom?
Advice from SERVPRO to Avoid Damaging Occurrences Caused by Water
Water damage can wreak havoc on a home, and out of all the rooms in a house, the bathroom is surely one of the most at risk of water damage. With faucets, a shower or tub (or both) and a toilet, the bathroom is a source of potential water leaks. A flood in your bathroom has the potential to damage the floor, floor covering, walls and any fixtures and fittings. There is also a risk of the water leaking through into the room below and damaging the ceiling, walls, and furniture.
It is a good idea to head off trouble before it hits if you can. Not every bathroom flood is inevitable. Some are preventable. That is why SERVPRO recommends you take some simple steps to prevent water damage to your Philadelphia bathroom
Do not flush your toilet if it becomes over filled. If you see your toilet bowl fills right up to the brim when you flush it, please do not flush it again. An overfilled bowl is a sure sign of a toilet blockage. Use a plunger to clear the blockage. If using a plunger does not work, or you are not confident that you have fixed the problem, call in a plumber.
Be mindful of what you flush down your toilet. Paper products (aside from toilet tissue), beauty products and sanitary wear are not suitable for flushing and might cause a block. Dispose of them in a nearby bin instead.
Inspect your bathroom regularly. Be on the lookout for issues that might cause water damage. These include leaking faucets, degradation on water seals, leaks or wear and tear around shower stalls, worn out caulking or grout, or leaking pipes under the sink. It is worth taking a few minutes to inspect your bathroom regularly rather than face a significant remediation job.
The last piece of advice is simple but vital. Do not leave faucets running or the tub filling. Stay in the bathroom when the water is on.
No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen sometimes, and not every leak is preventable. In the event of water damage to your bathroom, put in a call to SERVPRO at once. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help you. We pump all the water out of your bathroom, and dry out the floor, walls, and even behind and inside cabinets using dehumidifiers, box fans, and air movers. In the cases of sewage backups, which is not the problem here, we can also disinfect and sanitize as needed.
Do not let a leak ruin your bathroom and other areas of your home. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800 for assistance.
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