7 Bathroom Water Damage Facts

Author: D16 January 31, 2015

Is Your Bathroom at Risk?

It’s probably no surprise that your home’s bathroom is the most susceptible room in the house for water damage. With a toilet, sink, and tub to worry about all in one location, it’s no wonder. There are ways to avoid a nightmare in this room. Here are seven facts that may help you prevent a costly, wet catastrophe.

 

  1. The Toilet is Enemy Number One. That’s right. Your toilet can cause the majority of water damage problems. The toilet line, rim, tank, and seal should be checked regularly. Never ignore any water presence around a toilet.
  2. Watch Your Step. If you just bought your home or know of any recent water damage and your floor is soft. You probably already have damage that needs professional attention.
  3. Keep Humidity Low. Use an exhaust fan during and after warm showers or baths. This will help keep the area dry and ventilated. Otherwise, repeated moisture accumulation can cause water damage.
  4. Skip the Deodorant. Hanging toilet bowl deodorants, that is. These put low flow toilets at risk for clogs.
  5. Keep an Eye on Caulk and Flooring. If your caulking around the toilet looks bubbled, blistered, or damaged it could be water damage and time to inspect, repair, and re-caulk. If your flooring has stains this is a red flag for water leakage.
  6. Look for Hidden Damage. Your cabinets may be concealing some serious damage. If your sink is draining slow you may have a clog. Check the pipes under your sink and cabinets. Make sure you replace any damaged drain seals.
  7. Don’t Let Mold Thrive. Check the humidity level in your bathroom. If it is normally at or above 55 percent, you could have a mold problem. Red flags for mold could include water on pipes, a musty smell, or the sight of mold growth. Mold is serious stuff causing damage to your home and potentially your health, so call a professional right away. 

If you think you may have some water damage in your home, it’s best to have a professional take a look. Some problems are more obvious than others, but the last thing you want to do is wait. Water damage worsens with time and puts you at risk for mold. Call us for more information or to schedule a consultation. We have the equipment, experience, and expertise to get the job done right and fast. Plus, 24/7/365 emergency response! 800-462-1024