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Managing A Toilet Overflow in Tallmadge, Ohio

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Toilet If you experience a toilet overflow and need water damage restoration, call the team at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

It’s inevitable that one day as a homeowner in Tallmadge, Ohio you will experience a toilet overflow. Usually, you can stop a clogged toilet before the water rises to the top of the bowl, but sometimes the water keeps running and the water begins to overflow. Below are a few steps to follow to limit damage before the wastewater has soaked into flooring, baseboards, walls, and/or vanity.

1. Turn of the water: The first step is turn off the water valve. Most toilets have a shut-off valve below the toilet tank near the floor. If your toilet does not have a valve, you can stop the water by manually manipulating the float. If still unable to shut off the water, you can turn off the main water shut off to your home until the plumbing problem has been resolved. If your toilet continues to overflow even with the main water off, the problem could be either a drain people or the main sewer line.

2. Call a Professional: If you can fix the plumbing yourself with a plunger or toilet auger, if not calling a plumber is your best bet. Once the plumbing has been fixed then you need to call in a water restoration expert to help you assess the water damage. The longer water and waste sit on your bathroom floor, the greater the potential for damage. Water will soak into walls and cabinets quickly and waste will spread bacteria or cause mold.

3. Remove the water and dry out damaged walls, floors, and cabinets: A restoration company will use specialized equipment to remove the standing water waste. After the water is removed high volume fans and dehumidifiers will be placed to dry out any part of your structure that was damaged.

4. Clean & Disinfect: Clean and disinfect all the restorable items and structure damaged by the water. This will also remove any lingering odors and deodorize the bathroom.

5. Rebuild: If your bathroom was severely damaged repair may involve repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new flooring or cabinets.

The sooner you can address any water or sewer damage the better it is for your home. This type of dirty water can lead to mold growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Call the knowledgeable and certified team at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723. We are available 24 hours a day to help you!

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