Tips for Dealing with Overflowing Shower and Tubs

Tips to deal with overflowing shower and tubs

In bathrooms, toilets get clogged, sinks get clogged, and yes, bathtubs, as well as shower enclosures, can also get clogged. When this happens, overflowing water can become a problem, particularly if you don’t have a secondary drain outside your tub or shower to take care of the overflow. This can cause flooding in your bathroom and will result in water damage, if not handled immediately.

You can actually prevent tub and shower clogs and overflows from happening. Since the most common cause of clogs is debris, then the most logical way to prevent such a problem is to stop debris from entering your bathtub or shower drain. This can be done with the help of a drain cover that catches all large particles of soap and even hair. These drain covers can also prevent bathtub toys that your kids use from entering and clogging your drain.

What to Do When Bathtub Overflow Happens

Using liquid soap and mesh drain covers are some of the things people do to prevent tub and shower overflows. Sometimes, however, no matter what you do, and despite all the precautionary measures you use to prevent clogged tubs from happening, you may find yourself with a clogged and overflowing tub. But, you still need to take action to prevent water damage from happening. Here is a good list of what to do when a bathtub/shower overflow occurs:

  • Shut off the water faucet that is filling the tub.
  • Remove the water from your tub with the use of a small bucket or pitcher and dispose of the water in your sink or toilet.
  • Try to get as much water out of the tub so that you can check the drain to see what is clogging it.
  • If you can remove the item clogging your drain, do so with the use of a crochet needle or knitting needle. You can also try to force the blockage down the drain with a drain snake.
  • If this does not work or you cannot see what is clogging your tub, try to use air pressure with the help of a plunger to remove the blockage.
  • If this still does not work, a chemical drain remover may be used at this point. Just be careful when handling such chemicals since these are highly toxic and corrosive.
  • If everything you tried fails, it is time to call a plumber for help.

What to Do When Water Damage Has Occurred

If you were unable to stop the overflow before it reached the floor of your bathroom or seeped into another room, you will need to call a restoration company to help deal with the water damage. At Teasdale Fenton Dayton, we are just the company to do so because we offer water damage restoration and other restoration services in Dayton, OH. Whether the water damage was caused by sewage backup, burst pipe, or basement flooding, we have the people, the equipment, and the experience to effectively deal with this.

Don’t hesitate to call us when you need our help. Contact us at 937-600-6717 and we will send someone over to help you deal with this problem as quickly as possible.