Come Home To A Flood? Here's How To Clean Up The Watery Mess

Posted on: 10 August 2015

You have a little one who likes to flush toys down the toilet. Usually, you're able to catch them before the bathroom floods. You didn't catch it this time. Unfortunately, the toy was flushed before you left for the weekend. Now you're home and you're faced with a flooded mess. Here are the steps you should take to remove the water and restore your home to its dry condition.

Put on Protective Clothing

Before you start removing the water, be sure you're wearing protective clothing. This may be the most important step. Standing water may be contaminated, especially it's been exposed to sewage – such as with toilet water. You're protective clothing should include the following items.

  • Goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Work boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt –tucked into your gloves
  • Long pants – tucked into your work boots

Remove the Water

You'll need to remove the baseboards before you begin pumping water from the room. Removing the baseboards will allow you get to the water that may have seeped underneath.  Once the baseboards are out, you can start removing the water.

In most cases, you'll be able to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water. However, if you have more than a few inches of standing water, you should use a sump pump. The pump will remove the water quickly and disperse it to an area outside your home.

Bring in the Fans

Now that the water is out of the room, it's time to dry the foundation and walls. Failure to thoroughly dry the area may result in structural damage and mold growth in your home – especially if the drywall and frame were wet.

Place an industrial fan in the room and leave it on until there is no sign of wetness. To finish the drying process, leave the windows open for several hours.

Sanitize the Room

Finally, the water is gone and the room is dry. Now, it's time to sanitize the area. This will kill any germs and mold that might have grown while you were away from home. Fill a bucket with one gallon of warm water and add one cup of bleach. Mop the bathroom floor and then discard the water. Refill the bucket using the same method and use a sponge to scrub any walls that came in contact with the water.

You never know when you're going to come home to a flood. Use these easy-to-follow instructions to clean up the mess. If your entire home has suffered extensive water damage, you should contact a company that can provide you with emergency water removal services, such as Firewater Restoration Services.