The bathroom has been flooded by water leaking from the sink, shower, or the
toilet overflowed. The cleanup process is not that difficult if you know what to
do and how to do it properly. Before you even begin cleaning up the mess, you
will need rubber boots and gloves to protect yourself from harmful bacteria or
Put towels in the doorway of the bathroom to prevent
the water from leaking into other areas of the house. Remove all rugs that are
on the bathroom floor along with anything else. If the flooding is more than 2
inches deep, you will need to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the majority of the
water as quickly as possible. If you do not own one, you can rent one from a
local hardware store.
Put the soaked towels and rugs into a bucket or
some form of large container and store out of the way until you can get to it
later. The bathroom itself is what needs immediate attention. Anything that does
not dry within 24 to 48 hours, you should discard. These items most likely will
be damaged by mildew and mold.
After removing the majority of the water,
you will need to get a sponge and soak up the water that is left behind. Around
the base of the bathtub, around the base of the toilet, and the base of the
bathroom counter is where mold likes to grow from the moisture that is left
behind. Mop the floor with 1 part bleach to 2 parts water to make sure to remove
any bacteria and to prevent any mold from growing.
Open all the windows in the bathroom and put as many fans that you can safely put in the
doorway of the bathroom. Place some fans in the bathroom itself to get the best
possible air-flow going as possible. Leave the fans on for a day or two to make
sure that all moisture is removed from the bathroom. Also placing a dehumidifier
in the bathroom is an excellent way to make sure the moisture is removed. Do
this after you have removed the fans.