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How To Deal With Overflowing Water In Your Bathroom

water damage cleanup charlottesvilleBathrooms are one of the most common areas for water damage in the home. With so many sources of water in the bathroom like sinks, bathtubs, and toilets this should come as no surprise. 

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Our water damage restoration specialists at Restoration 1 of Charlottesville frequently encounter the consequences of bathroom leaks. Below is our advice on how you can deal with the different types of bathroom leaks.

Sources Of Water Damage

First and foremost, there are several main contributors to bathroom water damage you should be on the lookout for. The main contributors to bathroom water damage are sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. These can all lead to water damage in a variety of different ways. There isn’t enough space to go over every single one of these possible sources of damage, but we go over some of the most common ones below. 


Sinks are an essential part of any bathroom, but a lot goes wrong in a short time if you aren’t attentive. Here are three basic things to prevent water damage from the sink(s) in your bathroom: 

  1. Don’t dispose of food scraps down the sink. Limit what you put down the sink to liquids that can be easily drained.
  2. Don’t put fat, oil, or grease down the drain. While they may be in liquid form when you pour them down the sink, they will quickly solidify and potentially cause a clog.
  3. Keep hair out of your sink. Hair can create a barrier to water successfully draining. Using a drain filter is a straightforward way to prevent this.


Considering how much water comes from a bathtub faucet or shower head and how much a bathtub holds, water damage from your bathtub is nothing to trifle with. Of the main ways that a bathtub can cause water damage, we list seven of the most common below. 

  1. A clogged overflow drain
  2. A leaky overflow tube
  3. A damaged overflow gasket
  4. Leaving the tub running
  5. Misdirected shower water
  6. Deep tub soaks
  7. Small cracks in your bathtub (these may be hard to spot with the naked eye)

Other Helpful Things To Know

On top of the information provided above about sinks, bathtubs, and dealing with water damage in your bathroom, there are several other helpful things to know about bathroom water damage. These include:

  1. Insurance coverage for flooding is different from insurance coverage for water damage. Ensure you have coverage for both so you aren’t surprised by having to foot the bill for a leaky sink despite flood insurance.
  2. Can I clear out clogs with Drano? Yes, but you should use it infrequently since it can damage your pipes. It should also only be used for sinks, not toilets. 
  3. Clogging for sink and bathtub drains runs along a continuum. Usually, drains don’t go from not being clogged at all to being completely blocked. Call for help as soon as you notice some clogging so you can take care of it before it gets any worse. 

Don’t put up with water damage in your bathroom! Give us a call at Restoration 1 of Charlottesville today if you have any issues with leaks or water damage in your bathrooms.

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