WAKE FOREST, NC, January 20, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- To help you get organized and on your way to cleaning bathroom water damage, the restoration experts of the Water Damage Team have together this list on how to clean bathroom sewage damage.
"Bathroom sewage damage is both hazardous and gross," notes David Beavers of the Water Damage Team. "While it can be intimidating when you first discover the damage, it's not as bad as it looks. If you take time to prepare for the cleaning you have to do and pick out some good cleaning music, you'll be done in no time!"
1. Assess Damage
Before beginning any cleaning, you first need to turn off the water. Then, you can assess the damage and see if it's even doable. If the problem is do to an overflowed toilet and didn't soak the carpet in the hall, you're probably fine to do it on your own. However, if the damage happened when you were away and has already soaked the carpet (which will then have to be pulled up), floor and walls you may want to call in a water damage specialist. Whatever you choose, do it fast because you don't want that water seeping into your walls.
2. Wear Protective Gear
If you decide you can do this on your own, protect yourself with proper sewage cleaning attire. Sewage contaminated water is highly hazardous and not safe to touch or ingest. You'll need long and thick gloves, goggles, a mask, waterproof boots, protective coat or clothing, and your hair up if it is long. You will look ridiculous, but it's worth it.
3. Throw out Textiles
Any rugs, towels, or clothing that were seriously affected by the water need to be thrown out. Small stains may be taken care of possibly, but any drenched materials shouldn't be discarded. If a certain item is very important to you, you can out it in a garbage bag and try taking it to commercial laundry.
4. Get Water Out
First things first, get that water out. Rent or borrow a shop vac if you don't have one to take care of the job quickly and easily. If this is not possible, you may have to just mop it up yourself. Dispose of all water properly and safely, and make sure to thoroughly disinfect your mop after using it.
5. Disinfect and Clean
Make a disinfecting agent with a high quality cleaner from the store. You can also use bleach and water, if mixed properly. For your safety, follow the instructions on the bottle per-diem and never mix chemicals without knowledge that it's safe to do so. Once you've disinfected the floor, bottom of walls, and anything else the water touched, let it dry. Then come back in a little bit and go over it all once again.
6. Dry and Ventilate
Put on the bathroom fan and open some windows to let the area dry properly. It's highly important to ventilate fully as to avoid mold or structural damage of any sort. If you're not sure if the water protruded the walls, you may want to call out a mold expert to check to be sure.
7. Finish Up
Throw away all rags used to clean in thick industrial garbage bags along with any other supplies or items used to clean the damage. Remember the water is highly hazardous and even the fumes from the garbage can be hazardous and should be kept outside.
Even months after the flood, the damage may not be all gone. If you smell pr see any warning signs of mold, call in a mold specialist to be sure. This is very important to avoid thousands of dollars in removal and repair costs.
About Water Damage Team
The Water Damage Team is a nation wide disaster restoration company, with years of experience in water removal and water drying. As well as storm damage clean up, contaminated water removal of all levels, structural drying, debris removal and mold remediation. Our water damage restoration specialist are trained and certified in all of the industries standards and techniques. At the Water Damage Team we understand that rapid response is key to preventing any additional loss, so our specialist are available to answer calls and response 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call 1-800-533-0626 for immediate assistance.
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