Bathroom Flood Risks: Prevention and Mold Considerations
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on keeping your bathroom and surrounding facility features both protected from and prepared for flood or leak risks. While preventing these risks to begin with is obviously the primary task here, being ready just in case the worst-case scenario does take place is also very important for building integrity, long-term costs and more.
At Restroom Stalls and All, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of products for commercial bathrooms, from bathroom stall partitions and dividers to numerous restroom hardware items and several other accessories. What are some of the many tips we generally offer our clients on limiting flood or leak risks while also being prepared in case these events take place, both involving our materials and other related components? Today’s part two of our series will cover some other important information.
We went over the importance of using the right materials for bathroom partitions in part one. These need to be non-porous materials that will not soak up water in case of a flood, thereby preventing mold formation and related issues. They should also be corrosion-resistant, as they will interact with water frequently.
These same qualities are needed throughout a commercial bathroom area. Particularly if your bathroom includes shower stalls, but even if it doesn’t, ensuring that only non-porous, corrosion-resistant materials are used throughout the bathroom is vital. In addition, these materials should be easy to clean and disinfect regularly; some also choose to seal their materials against water, especially on counter areas.
This last section is for those who have experienced a recent flood or significant water damage issue. While there are several remediation areas involved here, one of the most significant and noteworthy is the removal and continued prevention of mold.
This begins with searching for mold to begin with. It may begin to form in certain areas impacted by a recent water damage issue, such as those with high humidity where water is pooling up. Any dark, damp area can become a mold breeding ground in just 24 hours. Some other steps for mold identification and remediation:
- Compromised surfaces: If certain surfaces have become infected with mold spores, the right move here is to remove and replace them. Leaving them in place will only allow mold spores to pass to other parts of the room.
- Drying: If there are surfaces that are wet but have not developed mold, bring in fans and dehumidifying blowers, plus open windows and increase ventilation. This will allow for drying without any mold creation risks.
- Disinfection: After water-logged surfaces or areas have been dried out, disinfect them thoroughly. Use bleach on non-metal surfaces, or other cleaners for these. Both during and after this disinfection, ensure the entire area is well-ventilated.
For more on how to prevent flood and mold risks in your commercial bathroom, or to learn about any of our bathroom partitions, stalls or other services, speak to the staff at Restroom Stalls and All today.