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4 Steps to Take if You Have a Backed Up Bathtub

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

sewer backflow on bathtub Overflowing bathtub in a Mineola, NY home.

4 Steps to Take if You Have a Backed Up Bathtub

 Whether it is from a clogged pipe or a larger sewer backup, an overflowing bathtub in your Mineola, NY home can be frustrating to deal with. If you have never experienced this before, then you may not know how to respond. Use the following steps to get through the situation.


1. Turn Off the Water Source


Using plumbing fixtures or appliances can contribute to the bathtub backup, so you should turn these off until the problem has been resolved. They will only increase the amount of water you have to deal with. If turning them off individually doesn’t work, try cutting off the water supply to the house as well.


2. Move Belongings to a Dry Location


If there is flooding in your bathroom, then you will need to move any belongings that you can to a different area of the house. If you leave them where they are, they may become damaged or contaminated.


3. Remove the Water


When it comes to water damage, even clean sources can cause a lot of problems. If it is not removed quickly, the water can contribute to the growth of mold which can be difficult to remove. It can also affect wood and drywall, causing it to warp, buckle, or rot.


4. Clean and Sanitize the Area


Because a sewer backup generally involves category 3 water which is full of contaminants, your bathroom will need to be thoroughly cleaned if your bathtub overflows. You should avoid contact with this water and will need to wear protective gloves and clothing during cleaning.


If the sewer backup has affected only a small area of your house, then you may be able to clean it up on your own. However, if the damage is extensive or is reoccurring, then it is a better idea to call a cleanup and restoration service. They will be able to safely clean and repair your home. They can also determine the cause of the damage to prevent it from happening again.

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