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Leaks through the floor- permanent damage? extra steps?

kimekime Queen of BladesRegistered User regular
So, our upstairs toilet flushed really badly. It overflowed and started spilling and flooding the floor. We only noticed when the light in the bathroom below started to drip water, which was thankfully only a few minutes later (<15). We stopped the toilet from overflowing, turned on the fan in both bathrooms, and cleaned up the water in both bathrooms.

Is there more we should do? Will this cause permanent damage internally or such? Is this worth hiring someone to check/fix things? First house, so we're new at these. Thanks!

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  • FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    Shouldnt cause much damage, but the drywall on your ceiling is going to stain. So you might as well cut out a peice around the light fixture to let it all dry faster,and reduce the small risk of any mold forming as that drywall is already ruined.

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    if mold is an issue in your area, you can do what foomy said and also they make chemical sprays you can just put a little bit to discourage mold growth

    its gonna mess up your drywall a little bit... its not a horribly expensive repair

    i would be a little concerned about the water close to your light fixture. May want to consider turning that breaker off overnight or so until it dries up a bit

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Registered User regular
    I'm going to disagree with the other comments here. If the water dripped between levels you'll likely want to tear out the ceiling around the fixture and replace that drywall - as it will certainly mold. Not to mention the risk of having water mix with your electrical.

    It's not a huge fix - just a pain.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Generally mold isn't a problem unless it's under constant contact with moisture. A little water won't hurt. If you live in the PNW or next to the ocean, you might consider removing it or treating it.

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  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    Thanks for the comments all. We live in Seattle, so there's water everywhere basically. We'll look into replacing the drywall around there, then.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Kime, you might want to just run a dehumidifier for a week or so rather than full on replacing it, if you've got one.

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  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    No, but we can get one.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    rather than cut out a huge chunk of drywall you can probably just drill a bunch of holes in it around the fixture to let in air. will be easier to patch

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Would work really well in conjunction with a dehumidifier. That's something you should own anyways as a homeowner.

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