Stop Overflowing Toilets

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June 20, 2017
Stop Overflowing Toilets

Stop Overflowing Toilets

Toilets typically work very well almost all of the time when we need them to most. Yet, clogs do happen and often times they are unexpected when they do occur and it is often very unpleasant as you could expect. Preventing overflowing toilets is going to be your safest option but if you do not have the correct tools to stop the toilet from overflowing when it is happening in the moment you are out of luck.

Depending on where you live or how old your plumbing system is some toilets can be more prone to overflowing than others. In any case, and especially when your bathrooms are prone to having toilets overflowing it’s important to prepare for an emergency before it happens.

When a plumbing emergency happens and you have overflowing toilets in your household the best course of action is to stop the water flow while it is in the bowl by shutting off the main shutoff valve located on each toilet itself.

The shutoff valve for in most bathrooms is located along the water line and can be shut off by turning the hand-crank valve. There are bathrooms in which the toilet shutoff valve may be hidden under the flooring or behind the walls in which case it is a smart idea to have a professional plumber provide your household modifications so there is always access to this valve.

This is important because in the event of overflowing toilets in your house or place of business the toilet shutoff valve is the only way to completely shut down the flow of water quickly other than the main shutoff valve which is not generally located in the bathroom.

By closing the shutoff valve when an overflowing toilet emergency is happening right now you will be able to stop the toilet bowl from filling up any further. This benefits you in every way by preventing raw sewage from spilling into the bathroom and providing you with the time to get the clog cleared up.

Yet, while turning the shutoff valve may seem like a simple solution, and it certainly should be, your toilet shutoff valve could be rusted and stuck because it has been in the open position for several years. So, if you have a couple of minutes today you do well to give your toilet shutoff valve a few turns to ensure that you can do so when you have overflowing toilets to deal with in your house of workplace.

Additional Methods To Stop Overflowing Toilets

If the toilet shutoff valve is stuck try using a common lubricant to help loosen it up until you can turn it off in a hurry. Should your toilet shutoff valve is stuck or not accessible your next plan of action is to remove the lid from the toilet tank. Next, observe whether the flapper, which is a circular piece of rubber, is open or not. If the flapper is open you should reach into the tank and place into a closed position.

By doing so, you will likely stop the flow of water, though if this isn’t effective then locate the float ball which typically floats on the surface of the water inside the tank. Lift it up as high as possible to the top of the toilet tank which should shut off the water. By lifting up the float ball you can effectively stop the flow of water in an emergency but you may need to find something or someone to prop it up so you can get the shutoff valve turned off effectively.

Finally, once the flow of water is stopped and an overflowing toilet has been prevented then it is time to clear the clog. A plunger with a flange is the most common household tool to have nearby. Otherwise, you can call a professional plumber who will have the clog removed using a drain auger, plunger, hydro jetting, or other methods. We are an emergency plumbing company serving Toronto and the GTA for almost thirty years. We are open 24-hours to serve you locally when you need quality help fast. Please give us a call today!


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