By Vincent Marone, SI Restoration
Preventing bathroom flooding can be extremely difficult. In fact, most home and business owners are not aware of potential flood hazards until water is pouring onto the floor. Understanding why a bathroom floods can help prepare home and business owners for the unthinkable.
A bathroom floods for three main reasons: toilets, drainage and pipes.
When a toilet overflows, a person’s first instinct is to flush it again in order to allow the water to flow out of the bowl. If a toilet is clogged for any reason, flushing again will only force more water to pour out onto the bathroom floor. Understanding why your toilet is clogged can help prevent your bathroom from flooding. Toilets clog due to:
- Excessive toilet tissue being used
- Excessive waste
- Objects lodged in the toilet
- Hard water deposits built up in the siphon jet hole
- Weak flushing capabilities
Plungers help with minor clogging situations. A more extensive clog will require the use of an auger (or “snake”) to dislodge the clog that sits deeper in the piping. Use of liquid drain cleaners and toilet clog removers could also be useful.
Every bathroom has multiple drains. Sinks, bathtubs, showers, jacuzzis, even drainage built into the floor to prevent flooding can all clog. Like toilets, drains clog for many reasons:
- Excessive hair lodged in the drain
- Objects stuck in the drain
- Hard water deposits lining the drain or piping
- Negligence – leaving a plugged drain unattended while water is filling the sink or tub
- Liquid drain cleaner with boiling hot water can be used for minor drain clogs. Augers are helpful in this situation as well.
The most common reason a pipe will burst is due to frozen water. Water expands in its frozen state. If water in a pipe freezes, naturally the pipes will expand with it. Once the pipes break from the pressure, water is free to flow behind walls, above ceilings, and under floors. Turning off the water main into the home or business is key when a pipe bursts. Valves leading from the water main into the home can be found in the vicinity of the water meter. Turn these valves to temporarily cut off the water supply. More hazardous or complicated conditions should be handled by the local water department.
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