Whether it’s an overflowing sink or a cracked pipe, bathroom water damage can be a huge headache. Taking quick action when it happens can minimize the damage.
The first step is to stop the water. That might be as simple as turning off the faucet and releasing the drain, but a bigger plumbing issue will require more skill, and you may need to call a professional. If you cannot immediately stop the flow of water at the source, shut off the main valve until you can get help.
Once the cause of the water damage has been remedied, it is important to quickly remove as much water as possible. The longer water sits on the floor, the more trouble you will have with warped floor boards or loose tile. If water seeps up the walls you could have mold to worry about, too. If you need to remove the floor covering, make sure the plywood sub-floor beneath dries sufficiently, or replace damaged areas.
Depending on the extent of water damage, you might need to also remove the toilet and vanity to properly correct the problem. Once the floor repair or replacement is complete, those fixtures can be re-installed. It is important to thoroughly dry all areas water reached to prevent hazardous mold growth.
If the bathroom water damage is significant, it might be a good time to consider a full remodel. Remodeled bathrooms raise home values and appeal to buyers, making the investment worth consideration. Contact a bathroom remodeling professional to discuss your options and get an estimate for the project. In the end, you just might get the bathroom of your dreams.