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Preventing Water Damage While Bathing A Toddler

water damage cleanup north charlestonBathrooms are one of the most prone rooms in the house for water damage as 75% of a household’s water usage occurs in them. The fixtures within a bathroom are designed to confine water, but once it makes it outside of that, problems start to occur where there is a high risk of water damage under floors or behind walls. 

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If you have a toddler, you know that it is not uncommon to deal with water splashing everywhere, especially when you are bathing them. Unfortunately, all that water leaving the bathtub can cause long-term water damage, including mold and rot. Along with being expensive to fix, these issues can cause health problems for some people. Water damage cleanup can be a long, expensive process that you will likely want to avoid. How do you prevent water damage, rot, and mold when you’re trying to bathe a toddler who loves splashing?

Prepare Before The Bath

Gather everything a toddler will need for their bath before putting them in, such as towels, toys, and soaps. Doing this will negate any need to leave your toddler’s side while they are in the bath. With you there, you can direct splashing, as well as be close if an accident were to occur. 

While filling the tub for your little one, be sure to not fill it too high. It is both safer and reduces the amount of spillover if they like to splash. A good guideline is to fill the water to about their belly button when they are seated in the tub. This is the perfect amount for both safety and reducing water damage.

Make sure that you make use of the exhaust fan in your bathroom. Keeping it on during the bath with rid the bathroom air of excess moisture and humidity. It will also help remove water vapor accumulated on mirrors and walls. You and your toddler will be much more comfortable with proper ventilation. However, if your toddler does not like the exhaust fan on while they are bathing, be sure to switch it on after bath time is over. 

Set Rules During Bath Time

Teaching your toddler different rules can be difficult at times, as they can be stubborn. Though they want to splash and have fun in the bath, there are some ground rules you can try to implement to limit the amount of water that makes it on the floor. For a child that loves to splash, try to encourage them to keep water within the bath. Make a game out of teaching them to have fun while keeping the bathroom clean. 

You and your baby will also benefit from a “no-standing” rule. Many like to stand and sit to see big splashes. Though it is fun, it can be dangerous to your toddler, as they could fall, and make huge messes. 

After Bath Steps

Though you can take precautions and have rules during bath time, it is highly likely that water will inevitably make it onto the walls or floor. Make sure that once you have dried and dressed your toddler, mop up any excess water in the bathroom left behind. Do a quick check around the edges of the bathtub to ensure that no water is left standing near seams and seals.

Drain the tub immediately. Standing water left in the bath for a long time can easily work its way into cracks around the drain and may cause long-term damage.

Bathing your little one should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. These tips can help create a routine for you and your toddler so that bath time is still fun while also keeping everyone safe and reducing water damage. With this, unforeseen water damage can still occur, so you will need a solution. Water damage cleanup specialists at Clean Masters can help you along the way so that water damage isn’t something you have to deal with on your own.

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