Water damage can happen anywhere at any time. However, there tend to be a few rooms in the home that are a bit more susceptible to water damage than others. Take the bathroom, for example. Bathrooms are highly prone to water damage for three reasons.
- The sink
- The bathtub/shower
- The toilet
Water Leaking Under the Sink
One of the most common areas to find water damage in the bathroom is under the sink. Often filled to the brim with beauty supplies and cleaning essentials, it is easy for a small leak to go unnoticed for a very, very long time. However, small leak in a pipe can expel 22 gallons of water a day. Yikes! That much water can do a lot of damage, warping wood, deteriorating drywall and flooring, and leading to mold. So when you spot a problem under your sink, it is important to act fast to fix the leak and dry the affected area.
Rub-a-Dub-Dub, There’s a Problem in the Tub
There are several issues that could arise with your shower or tub.
- The first is a burst pipe. In fact, property damage resulting from water damage due to plumbing failures is the second most common cause of a homeowner claim.
- The second issue that could arise with your shower or tub is a leak. When the seal around your drain starts to deteriorate overtime, it can begin to allow water where it is not supposed to be. This will often manifest itself in damage to the bathroom floor and the ceiling of the room below.
- The third issue common to the bathtub is sewage backup. Wait, what? You see, when the main sewage line becomes clogged, water and sewage will work their way back up your pipes and enter your home through the lowest point, which is often the shower drain. A sewage backup is extremely serious. This water contains fungi and bacteria that can cause severe sickness. This is why it is so important to hire a professional restoration company. Proper sewage cleanup techniques are required to return your building to a safe, useable place to live or work.
Your toilet and the corresponding sewage system is a very simple system that uses gravity to remove sewage from your home. When something prevents this system from working properly, water damage is not far behind. With nowhere else to go, water and sewage will eventually find their way back into your home. This is commonly referred to as a toilet overflow and is most often caused by a clog, plumbing defect, or a problem with the main sewage line.
When dealing with a toilet overflow, it is important to keep your distance and call in a professional water damage restoration company, like ServiceMaster of Baltimore. This type of water damage often involves Black Water, the most dangerous form of water damage as it has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
Professional Water Damage Restoration in Baltimore
While it may seem simple enough, water damage restoration is not a do-it-yourself (DIY) job. Water damage should only be handled by certified professionals, like ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We have IICRC certified restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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At ServiceMaster of Baltimore, our goal is to restore your property as quickly as possible and with the least amount of inconvenience to you.
Hopefully you have found our blog, “Dealing with Water Damage in the Bathroom,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.