What to Do if My Toilet Overflows?

A toilet overflow can happen with a few different scenarios, such as something blocking the water and waste in the toilet from draining, a bad septic system or even a low flow toilet. Here are a few tips to help avoid major damage should you have a toilet overflow.

  1. Immediately turn off the water valve to prevent further water from overflowing. The valve should be located near the base of the toilet.
  2. If water continues to flow after you have turned off the water supply, call a Plumber Immediately. If the water stops flowing, continue to the steps below.
  3. If water has flown onto the floor, clean it up with towels to prevent the floor from saturating the water, especially if the restroom is on a second floor as it can seep through the ceiling below causing major water damage to your home.
  4. Next, be sure to disinfect any areas where the toilet water has spilled on to.
  5. If there is a solid item that may have accidentally fallen in, try pulling it out wearing rubber gloves.
  6. If there is too much water in the bowl, be sure to remove some of it to prevent it from overflowing and use a plunger or snake (you can purchase these at your local home improvement store) to unclog whatever may be clogging the drain and causing the overflow.

If these tips don’t help unclog the drain, then it is time to call a plumber out to take care of the issue for you.

To avoid future clogs, never flush diapers or sanitary products down the toilet, these items can expand and clog the drain. Flush more than once if a lot of toilet paper is needed.

A toilet is only intended for the use of toilet paper and human waste.

Should you have extensive damage or human waste overflow, give JW Home Care a call so we can go out and do the cleanup and start the remediation for you. We are available 24/7 for all your needs.

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