How to Clean Up a Flooded Bathroom

A burst pipe, backed up toilet, or shower overflow causing water to flood your home? Problem solved with this guide on how to stop and clean up the mess.

You want to address the problem as swiftly as possible.

Start by turning off the water. Sinks and toilets have water valves that turn the water off at the source. If a burst pipe is the problem you may need to turn off your home’s main water supply. If you are dealing with a clogged toilet or pipe you will need to unclog it, which may require a professional. Next, turn off the power supply to the room and wear rubber boots while removing the water.

If you are dealing with more than just a little bit of water you may want to take a few photos or videos for your insurance before you start cleaning.

If you are cleaning up water from an overflowing toilet or sewer drain back up wear protective goggles, footwear, and gloves.

Start by removing the standing water. If it is just a minor bit of flooding a few towels or a mop will be able to handle it. However, you may need to use a wet/dry vacuum if you have more than an inch of water or less. A submersible pump can quickly clean up more than an inch of water on your floor.

Then you will want to remove everything from your vanity, cabinets, or other storage which came in contact with the floor. Line the cabinets with newspaper (changing it regularly) to help pull out moisture and leave the cabinet doors and drawers open.

If there was a significant amount of water or was not caught right away, you will want to look for water damage in your subfloor and walls. Carefully pull the baseboards off the wall to check for water retention in the drywall. Leave the baseboards off until the cleanup process is complete. If you have a carpeted bathroom, remove the carpet and padding. It may be able to be cleaned and dried, however, it may be best to dispose of the carpet.

Scrub and disinfect all surfaces that came in contact with the water.

Use fans and a dehumidifier to start the drying process. Remove any drywall and insulation that has not dried after three days.