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Reducing Damage Before It Happens

Hi, my name is Franny, and before a forest fire burnt down my home, I was a pretty normal and boring person. Tragedy, however, has the power to make you learn new things and see where you went wrong. I do not want anyone to suffer the trauma I did after that fire, and as a result, I have created this blog. It focuses on how to prepare your home for damage. Whether you are worried about typhoons, fires or any other type of threat, you will find the tips about damage reduction, property protection and damage contractors you need here.

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Dry And Clean Surfaces In Your Bathroom After A Burst Pipe

If a pipe burst inside of your bathroom sink's vanity and you came home after a long work shift to find water puddled on portions of the bathroom's tile flooring and the bottom of the wooden vanity, take measures to turn off the water and dry the surfaces affected to prevent permanent damage. The steps below will instruct you how to effectively dry and clean surfaces:

Materials Needed

  • trash bag
  • clothesline
  • detergent
  • heavy duty washing machine
  • utility towels
  • mop
  • disinfectant
  • water
  • bucket
  • space heater
  • wood cleaner
  • sponge
  • pry bar
  • tile adhesive
  • paintbrush
  • grout

Dry And Clean Throw Rugs And Towels

Locate the main water valve and turn the water supply off. Then, head to the bathroom. If there are wet throw rugs or bath towels on the floor, pick them up and place them in a large trash bag before carting them outdoors. Drape the items on a clothesline so that they can air dry. After the items have dried, toss them into a heavy duty washing machine and add extra strength detergent to the washer's basin. Adjust the washer's settings to one that is designated for heavily soiled items. After the rugs and towels are clean, dry them in a dryer.

Sop Up Water In The Vanity And On The Floor

Open the vanity's doors and use disposable utility towels to dry the wooden surfaces that have water on them. Use clean towels to sop up water on the floor. Fill a large bucket with a disinfectant that is mixed with warm water. Use a mop to apply the cleaning mixture to the tile flooring. If the some of the wood that the vanity is constructed of is saturated with water, plug in a space heater and turn on the unit until the wood has dried thoroughly. Clean the wooden vanity with wood cleaner and a sponge. 

Secure Loose Tiles

Inspect the tile flooring. If any of the tiles have loosened after being exposed to water, use a pry bar to gently remove them from the floor. Use a paintbrush to apply tile adhesive to the underside of each tile. Realign the tiles on the floor and press them downward. Wait for the adhesive to dry. If the surrounding tiles have grout applied to joints, use a thin paintbrush to apply tile grout between the tiles that you recently reattached to the floor. Use a damp sponge to wipe off tiles that have grout on their surface. Call a plumber to have the burst pipe replaced. 

Contact local water damage restoration services for more information and assistance.