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What to Do When Your Toilet Overflows

Posted on November 5th, 2014

There’s almost nothing worse than an overflowing toilet. Watching the water pour onto your bathroom floor might cause you to panic if you’re not sure how to respond. That’s why we’ve created this quick guide on what to do when your toilet overflows.

photo credit: IAnna Laviola Milo via flickr cc

photo credit: Anna Laviola Milo via flickr cc

Turn off the water supply to the toilet. The first step is to stop water from flowing into your toilet. The shut-off valve is usually located behind the toilet near the floor. Turn it clockwise to turn off the water, which will ideally prevent the toilet from continuing to overflow. If your toilet isn’t quite overflowing yet, but seems to be filling up, turning off the water may actually nip the problem in the bud completely.

Start plunging. If your toilet is overflowing, then you’ve likely got a clog. Using a flange or ball plunger, push down slowly and repeat until the water starts to drain. Note: It’s important to use this type of plunger (as opposed to cup-shaped plungers) because it’s specifically designed for toilets.

Call a professional. Can’t fix the clog on your own? The experts of Plumbing Medic have the tools needed to handle more serious clogs. If turning off the flapper and plunging don’t help, then you’ve got a plumbing emergency on your hands. Luckily, we’re available 24/7!

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