Dealing with a Toilet Overflow

A toilet overflow emergency can put anyone in a panicked state. Instead of panicking, follow these steps:

  1. Shut Off Water

The toilet can’t continue to overflow if the water is turned off. Locate the shut off valve and turn it off. If there isn’t a shut off valve, the tank can be opened, and the float rigged to stay in the closed position. This stops the water from filling the tank.

  1. Clean Up Overflow

Clean up the water that has gotten on the floor. Use towels to soak up as much as possible. If towels aren’t enough, grab a Shop-Vac for larger overflows.

  1. Plunge

Try using a plunger to free the clog causing the overflow. If that isn’t working, try a plumbing snake, if available. If neither of these work, call the team at All Star Plumbing and Restoration.

To prevent clogs here are some tips:

  • Try to use less toilet paper
  • Don’t flush anything besides toilet paper down the toilet
  • Keep small items away from the toilet tank and edge of counter that could fall in

An overflowing toilet can be a scary thing, but by taking the right steps and remaining calm, the situation can be fixed in no time. Toilets that have frequent clogs might be a symptom of a larger problem and should be looked at by a plumber.

If the overflow was large, homeowners should call All Star Plumbing and Restoration to check for water damage. If the water got under the flooring during the incident, mold and mildew can get started quickly.  All Star Plumbing and Restoration can track any hidden moisture and dry it out to prevent mold and mildew in the future.

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