While you can get water damage from any type of leak, there are some leaks that are worse than others. Of course, we’re talking about sewage leaks.
While it’s pretty disgusting to think about toilet water leaking into your home, it is not a good time to panic. Usually, when panic sets in, mistakes are made. If you have them available, you should wear thick rubber gloves as well as rubber boots during the cleanup to keep from getting exposed and possibly sick.
What Is So Bad About Toilet Water?
Toilet water can make for a much worse situation than regular water leaks because of the abundance of bacteria in the water. It is very important that the leak gets taken care of right away. If at all possible, you need to stop the water flow that is feeding the leak. Turning off your water supply will make it stop the quickest, but depending on what was in the pipes when the leak started, and what floor in your home the leak is located on, there might be quite a bit of water that will push its way through before it stops gushing out.
This is especially the case when there is a clog in your main sewage line, and a lower floor toilet starts gushing out water. If the upstairs bathroom and shower were used, all that water is going to come out before it slows down.
Cleanup Takes Time
Cleanup of contaminated water is a messy business, and you want to make sure that you don’t leave bacteria-infested water in your home. This means that bleach is going to be your best friend. Cleaning all surfaces that had sewage water on them with bleach will kill the bacteria. You should also do the same with any mops, buckets, and tools you use for the cleanup. The recommended mixture for this type of cleaning is one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.
If you want professional help with the cleanup, give us a call and we will be there as soon as possible.
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