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How to Deal with a Toilet Overflow the Right Way

April 17, 2020

If you’re reading this, you are probably looking at a giant puddle of water inside your home. While some residential flooding is caused by leaky water heaters, clogged sewer lines, or intense rainfall, the most common cause is a busted water pipe. Freezing temperatures and other malfunctions can cause cracks to form inside water pipes, valves, or connections, and within minutes you could have water pouring down your walls and ceilings. A pipe leak could also lead to a toilet overflow, which is one of the biggest nuisances you could deal with. The key to dealing with a toilet overflow is to take swift, decisive action. Here is how to deal with a toilet overflow the right way. For any water damage restoration services, call Hydro Clean today!

Stop the Source of Flooding

The key to dealing with a toilet overflow is to take swift, decisive action.

If your flooding is caused by a burst pipe or valve instead of an act of nature, it should be quite simple to stop it at its source. Just shut off the main water shutoff valve. Some houses have a valve right near where the main water line enters your house, while other homes have a valve attached to or next to a water meter, which is sometimes buried near the street. Locate the source of your toilet overflow, and you’ll be on the right track.

Salvage Anything You Can from the Flooded Area

Water damage occurs almost immediately, but you might be able to remove some items off the floor. For example, if you keep any papers or boxes on your basement floor, try to remove those items towards the top that might not be soaked through yet. If your belongings are suffering from water damage, Hydro Clean specializes in water restoration services! Your belongings might be salvageable if you act quickly.

Prevent Mold and Mildew Buildup

The damage to your home from a toilet overflow is only half the battle. If not dealt with the right way, water damage can have even more negative effects on your house and health in the form of toxic mildew and mold. These secondary effects are usually worse than the initial property damage, so it is essential to take them seriously and dry out the flooded areas as quickly as you can. If a surface can’t be dried instantly, it should be removed and discarded to prevent the build-up of mold and mildew.

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If you need your carpets, furniture, drapery, mattresses, tile & grout, and air ducts cleaned, look no further than Hydro Clean Certified Restoration. We’re located in Arbutus, but we’re happy to serve customers in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Harford County, and Carroll County. We can also handle emergency fire, smoke, and water damage 24 hours/7 days weekly. Your upholstery, air ducts, and draperies are in good hands with us. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! You can also call us if you have any questions at – 410-505-7879.

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