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What Should I Do Or Avoid When Water Damage From a Toilet Overflow Happens in my Mount Kisco Property?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Drawing of overflowing toilet Don't let a toilet overflow wreak havoc in your home. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Has a Few Tips To Help You Through The Process.

A toilet overflow is a prevalent type of water damage that every homeowner will most likely deal with at least once. The most typical reason is a blockage in the trap preventing water and waste from flushing.

When a toilet overflow happens in a home, the water damage in Mount Kisco needs professional cleanup. The water on the floor is a mixture of both clean water from the tank and waste from the drain. Because this type of water is a category three biohazard, residents and pets should avoid direct contact. 

Blot But Do Not Touch

Homeowners can put down towels and rags before SERVPRO techs arrive for cleanup; other than that, stay out of the loss area. Avoid mopping or any action that has the potential to result in contact with the water.

Do Not Flush the Toilet Again

If it can be done safely, turn off the water to the tank to stop the possibility of anyone in the home flushing the toilet and making the problem bigger. Once the drain has a blockage, any additional flushing can result in more water on the floor. 

Do Not Treat the Water With Bleach

Different types of cleaning agents can affect surfaces in different ways. It may seem like a great idea to treat any affected areas with solutions to disinfect where the water went. However, bleach and other cleaning agents have the potential to do more harm if they cause damage such as bleeding of dyes or permanent spotting. 

What to Expect 

Because of the possibility of airborne bacteria or pathogens, SERVPRO technicians wear full-body protection, including respirators and goggles, as some harmful bacteria can enter the body via the eyes through microscopic droplets of contaminated water. The techs set up containment to stop any cross-contamination from occurring and extract the water. This attention in the early stages allows the loss area to get dried and disinfected rapidly.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for timely assistance with water damage. The certified techs show up quickly and restore your home to its preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

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