Preventing Water Damage In Your Bathroom

water damage cleanup charlotteThere are so many different ways that water damage can occur in your bathroom. This makes bathrooms one of the most water damage-vulnerable areas of the home, especially if you’re not careful or mindful of the warning signs. 

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Here are a few tips on preventing and responding to water damage in your bathroom (specifically your sinks and bathtubs) from our restoration experts at Restoration 1 – Greater Charlotte.


Preventing Sink Flooding

There are many different tips for preventing flooded sinks. We include a few below for you to look out for:

  1. Don’t dispose of food scraps down the sink. Limit what you put down the sink to liquids that can be easily drained.
  2. Don’t put fat, oil, or grease down the drain. While they may be in liquid form when you pour them down the sink, they will quickly solidify and potentially cause a clog.
  3. Keep hair out of your sink. Hair can create a barrier to water successfully draining. Using a drain filter is a straightforward way to prevent this.

Repairing Flooded Sinks

There are some quick fixes you can employ for a flooded sink. We list those below. If these don’t work, however, you will need to call a plumber. 

  1. Use a plunger to clear the clog
  2. Use a wire or a plumbing snake to clear the drain trap of whatever clog is in it. You can also run hot water through it to loosen whatever may be causing blockages.
  3. Use a pitcher or any large container that you can find to get as much water out of your sink as possible. Dispose of the unsanitary water or in another sink or toilet.
  4. Loosen the fittings until your drain trap comes off. Empty the water in it into the bucket.


Preventing Bathtub Flooding

Just like sinks, there are many different ways that a bathtub could flood. Here are a few potential sources of bathtub flooding you can be on the lookout for:

  1. A clogged overflow drain
  2. A leaky overflow tube
  3. A damaged overflow gasket
  4. Leaving the tub running
  5. Misdirected shower water
  6. Deep tub soaks
  7. Small cracks in your bathtub (these may be hard to spot with the naked eye)

Flooded bathtubs can cause quite a mess. Beyond common, minor issues like a clog or leaky overflow drain, you may need to call in a plumber for help. For instance, if small cracks develop in your tub, water can begin leaking through them. This can sometimes be fixed with some caulking, but it is often best handled by a professional plumber.

Flooding in your bathroom is one of the most difficult types of water damage disasters to avoid because there are so many different ways your bathroom can flood. Nonetheless, as you follow the advice above you will be able to prevent most potential bathroom floods. For any water damage you do experience, however, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Restoration 1 – Greater Charlotte for our water damage restoration services.