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Can Restoration Technicians in Belleville Restore Hallway Carpeting After a Bathtub Overflow?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

leaking drop ceiling Bathtub overflow can cause a ceiling leak in the room below. Prevent the leak from continuing by contacting team SERVPRO right away.

Certified Water Mitigation Professionals Return Belleville Homes to a Pre-Loss State with Industrial-Grade Tools and Technologies

A busy schedule is all it takes to create a potential disaster. It can be easy for a homeowner to forget about leaving the tub running, only to come back to an upstairs soaked with water. Worse still, the damage to your Belleville home can flow downstairs, through walls or ceilings. Without fast action, this small accident can inadvertently lead to thousands of dollars in damages that require repair or replacement.

SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated tools combined with tried-and-true water mitigation techniques to restore Belleville properties after a disaster. Your local SERVPRO utilizes a multi-pronged approach to minimize both structural and content damage to save you time and money while providing you with much-needed peace of mind.

How Should Homeowners Mop Up a Clean Water Overflow on Their Floors?

Property homeowners can feel overwhelmed by a bathtub overflow in Belleville. Still, cleanup of standing water is a simple process that is safe to perform in many cases. If you are unsure how best to proceed, contact licensed cleanup professionals for assistance.

  • Soak up standing water with towels, rags, mops, and other porous items that can be easily cleaned and dried.
  • If your bathroom has vinyl or laminate floors, clean them quickly to minimize the risk of delamination and soaking through to subflooring.
  • Check floors below the bathroom for signs of saturation in ceilings and walls. SERVPRO technicians can also inspect your property with thermal imaging that detects potential water damage behind structural materials.
  • Contact a mitigation company as soon as possible for rapid-response remediation.

If mold contamination is evident, avoid making contact, as mold spores can cause health effects. SERVPRO professionals make use of personal protection equipment (PPE) that allows for safe microbial remediation.

Can an Upstairs Bathtub Overflow Cause More Damage?

While prompt cleanup can minimize damages to your Belleville property, water damage from a bathtub overflow can spread to other areas of the home, and create further issues. Common effects include:

  • Bacterial growth and odors. Mold growth can occur in as little as 24 hours after the disaster. Microbes frequently cause the musty smell and stains characteristic of many water damage incidents. This issue is especially prominent in warm, humid environments.
  • Ceiling leaks and soggy drywall. Ceiling leakage from a bathroom overflow is particularly problematic because it can affect the structures and contents below it. Leaky, soggy, sagging ceilings can lead to wet furniture, flooring, and other belongings on the floor below. Without fast action, sheetrock and drywall affected by a bathtub overflow can quickly deteriorate and crumble, adding to your repair costs.
  • Saturated floors and subfloors. Waterlogged flooring and subflooring is sure to be an issue after a bathtub overflow. Delamination, or the separation of adhesives from surfaces, can mean that your floor is likely more cost-effective to replace than repair. Subflooring can weaken significantly from moisture exposure and microbial growth. Fast action is recommended to avoid the need for extensive repairs to restore it.
  • Wet electrical wiring. If it seems likely that water from a bathtub overflow has made contact with electrical wiring or outlets in your home, it is highly recommended that you consider contacting your utility provider about shutting off the power until the area has been safely cleaned and dried. SERVPRO can bring power sources for cleanup in a home that does not have running electricity.

How Do SERVPRO’s Water Extraction Tools Salvage Carpet and Pad?

SERVPRO utilizes a plethora of moisture extraction tools that can salvage carpet and pad before delamination occurs. Technicians take care to extract thoroughly to accelerate the structural drying process. Air movers and dehumidifiers can be used on tented carpeting to promote on-site drying above and below the carpet and pad.

Extraction equipment, from commercial wet/dry vacuums and rovers to back-mounted units, can minimize the risk of secondary damages during the drying process while ensuring that structural drying is successful. If carpet and pad cannot be salvaged, technicians can install replacement carpeting after structural drying. Water-affected contents, such as upholstery, can also have moisture extracted and dried to return these items to a preloss state.

SERVPRO professionals can perform several other repair procedures after mitigation and drying, including, but not limited to:

  • Necessary bathroom flooring and subflooring repairs.
  • Replacement of compromised drywall and reinstallation of baseboards.
  • Installing and re-seaming carpet.
  • Drying water-affected documents through sublimation.
  • Repairing and replacing leaky or sagging ceilings.

SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield provides the community with cleanup and mitigation that prove that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (973) 662-0062.

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