Kitchen sinkThe dishwasher connected to your kitchen sink discharges a large volume of water in a very short time. If there is any build up from accumulated grease or food inside the pipes, the discharged water will flood the kitchen sink overflow drain. When that happens, you will notice the kitchen sink filling up with water, although it is not clogged. Other times, you notice your kitchen sink overflowing because it is in fact clogged. This could be due to food waste, hair or grease. To prevent this, always have the drain cover in your sink to prevent any large items going down the drain. The rest is common sense: do not dispose of food scraps, oil or grease through the sink.
Bathroom sinkYou will notice your bathroom sink filling up with water whenever the water cannot drain properly through the pipes. The most common sources are your toilet, washing machine or the bathtub. The overflow in your sink might be due to a blockage in the pipes or a faulty fixture drain in other parts of your home.
Upstairs sinkAn overflowing sink causes most damage in your bathroom. However, as water infiltrates in your walls and ceiling, it can cause even further damage to your home
Ceiling DamageAfter a bathroom flood happening on the upper level, you might notice stains on your ceiling downstairs. The drywall can become extremely damaged and crack or, even worse, to fall down. There are several levels of fixing this problem, from simply paining over the stain to removing the drywall altogether and rebuilding the damaged part of your ceiling.
Subfloor DamageSometimes the flood is not that serious as to damage your ceiling, but our floor is surely exposed. The damage in your sub floor might not be visible, but it still poses a real threat. If water gets into your sub flooring, fixing it involves tearing your flood, which is always stressful and expensive. As water infiltrates, there is also the risk of mold growth. Whether it is your ceiling or your sub flooring that is damaged you should reach out to a professional water damage restoration company to dry out your house using advanced equipment. This way you avoid long-term damage to your cabinets, walls and floors. You also keep your family safe from mold related health problems.
First steps in dealing with an overflowing sinkA flood caused by an overflowing sink is always a nerve-racking experience, as it involves further damage if not attended immediately. Here are some things you can do while you wait for the water damage restoration professionals.
- Turn off the water supply.
- Turn off electricity in the bathroom. If there is a lot of water on the floor, especially close to any outlets, you do not want to enter while the electricity is still running. If you are uncertain which circuit breakers control the power in your bathroom, shut off the entire electricity line.
- Get the pooling water using towels and mops. Remove as much water as you can as fast as possible before it gets absorbed in the floor and cabinet.