Everybody needs a properly functioning bathroom in their home. The last thing anyone wants is to deal with a bathroom that is suffering from water damage problems, mold, and other related issues. However, preventing water damage in your bathroom isn’t quite so easy. There are many different things you should know so you can prevent this disaster from happening to you. From our water damage cleanup professionals at Restoration 1 of Birmingham here are five things you ought to know about bathroom water damage and the cleanup process.
Bathrooms are a huge problem area for water damage. This should come as no surprise with all the different sources of water in a bathroom. The one redeeming element of bathrooms and water damage is that bathrooms typically have tile flooring which can make them less vulnerable to water damage than carpet floors. Nonetheless, you should still be extremely cautious about water damage in bathrooms. Water can get in between the tiles on the floor and even leak through gaps in the floor down to the basement in some cases.
This depends somewhat on the type of material your bathroom floor is made of. However, a general rule of thumb is that water damage has likely already occurred if your bathroom floor feels unusually soft. It’s best to call for cleanup services immediately after this discovery.
Exhaust fans are one of your most useful tools for preventing water damage in your bathroom. You don’t need to run them 24/7. Although, you should run your exhaust anytime you do anything that can cause humidity to build up in the bathroom like taking a shower and continue to run it for a while afterwards.
If you don’t use your exhaust fans or they fail to do the job, there is a high likelihood that humidity will build up inside your bathroom and lead to water damage. Take note if humidity seems to be a perpetually ongoing problem in your bathroom so you can take steps to take care of the problem before it becomes serious.
Sinks and cabinets are constantly exposed to humidity and moisture, but are easy to forget about while water damage accumulates without your knowledge. You should regularly inspect under sinks and cabinets to see if this is happening. A slow draining pipe underneath the sink suggests a clogged drain. If you see a loose or cracked drain seal, replace it immediately.
As you can see, there is a lot of bathroom water damage that is worth knowing. We hope you find the tips above helpful, but if you do ever deal with water damage in your basement don’t hesitate to give us a call at Restoration 1 of Birmingham. Our water damage cleanup team proudly serves Pelham.