Ask a Janitorial Expert: How to Fix a Restroom Leak or Urinal Overflows

No business wants to deal with a leaking bathroom or urinal. Here’s how to fix a restroom leak and avoid any long-lasting damage.

Your business has enough to deal with without worrying about bathroom leaks and urinal overflows. Here’s some advice from the experts at Grandmother’s Touch on how to fix a restroom leak.

How to deal with a clogged, overflowing urinal

Step One: Try a plunger

When dealing with a clogged urinal, the first thing you’ll have to grab is a plunger. Take away the urinal drain mat (or splash guard) and any urinal cakes, screw off the drain cover, then position your plunger over the drain and start pumping up and down. Take a break to allow water to drain.

Step Two: Use an auger

If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, use an auger designed for urinals. Again, remove the drain mat and cover, then place the auger cable into the drain’s opening. Crank the handle and push the auger head through the line. At this point, you’ll want to slowly bring the cable back. Repeat as many times as needed.

Step Three: Get a descaler

If the auger didn’t work, a descaler could do the job. Urinal descalers help uric acid deposits and hard water dissolve. Simple follow the product directions and give the descaler about 10 to 15 minutes to fix the clog before flushing.

What to know about aftercare

Once you fix the restroom leak, you’ll have to act quickly to avoid serious water damage. Make sure to mop affected floors and clean surfaces with a strong disinfectant. You’ll also want to dry out the bathroom. Do this by running large box fans for a couple days. Keep an eye out for any mold or signs of damage on the walls or tiles.

When to call an expert

Restroom and urinal leaks can lead to serious issues. A proper cleaning is essential when dealing with bathroom leaks. To avoid mold or other hard-to-fix problems, contact us as soon as possible to stop and repair any water damage.