Overflowing toilets are a fairly common issue. Generally, the cause is a blockage or error in the tank float mechanism that regulates the water flow. However, if this seems to be a reoccurring problem, it may be due to a different issue.
Here’s how to stop a toilet from overflowing:
- The first step is turning off the toilet’s water supply to prevent more water damage. Usually there is a supply line near the bottom side of the bowl. Simply turn the knob until the water stops flowing.
- Put on gloves and use a cup or small bucket to remove excess water at the brim of the bowl. If the water is clean, it can be disposed of in the sink. If it is dirty, pour it into a bucket. Once the flood is fixed the dirty water should be put back into the toilet to be flushed.
- Use a plunger to attempt to dislodge a potential clog. If this was the cause, the water should be able to escape back through the pipes and the problem has been solved.
- Reset the float mechanism so that it sits lower in the tank to prevent the tank portion of the toilet from overflowing. The float might also be kinked or tangled, causing issues.
- If the overflowing is a chronic problem or you are not comfortable making these adjustments, call All Star Plumbing and Restoration. We can determine what is causing the reoccurring blockages and overflowing and repair the problem.
If a toilet overflow has cause water to seep into the carpet or flooring, All Star Plumbing and Restoration can also help repair the water damage. Our restoration experts can mitigate water damage to prevent mold and other issues.