One of the major annoyances that a home can face is an overflowing toilet. While it isn’t typically too severe, it might sometimes feel like a life-threatening emergency. The toilet is about as important as plumbing fixtures in a home, and the prospect of one overflowing and flooding the bathroom isn’t appealing. It’s reasonable that people might be at a loss for what to do when it occurs.
If you’ve been faced with an overflowing toilet, we’re here to assist you! This type of inconvenience is an excellent reason to call our plumbers, and we’ll be there as soon as possible to fix the issue. Of course, we can’t teleport you, but we can give you advice on what to do before we arrive to assist in alleviating the problem and keep the anxiety at bay.
Step 1: Turn Off the Water Source
The first step is to stop the toilet from overflowing with water. This reduces the risk of water damage to the floor, bacterial contamination, and a lengthy clean-up operation. Turn the valve on the feed tube that runs from the toilet tank to the wall to turn off the water flow in most toilets. Open up the top of the tank and rig the chain, so it cuts off the flow of water into the tank if you have an older toilet that doesn’t have a valve.
Step 2: Dry the Area around the Toilet’s Base
Allowing water to seep into the construction material around the toilet foundation can lead to long-term issues such as mould growth, wood root growth, and overall floor deterioration. Contaminated water can also lead to hygienic problems. To absorb the water, use towels and newspapers. This is the time to utilize your wet-dry vac if you have one. Make sure the area is arid.
Step 3: Clear Any Clogs with a Plunger
You may not know what caused the toilet to overflow at this stage, but if you think there’s a blockage in the toilet drain, fetch the toilet plunger and try to clear it out. Unlike a sink plunger, a toilet plunger includes flanges on end to make a better seal in the toilet drain. To see if the plunger eliminates the obstruction, give it a few vigorous, slow pushes.
Step 4: Give An Expert Plumber a Call
If the plunger did not cure the problem, it is time to call our licensed plumbers for assistance with clearing the obstruction. Even if it did, you might want to seek our help to determine if drain cleaning can prevent the overflowing problem from recurring. The blockage could be a symptom of a more significant problem with the toilet or drain pipes.
Step 5: Clean Up
We’re confident that the year has instilled in you the importance of disinfectant used in the home. To eradicate bacteria and microorganisms, spray the area around the toilet with an appropriate cleaning solution and scrub it well. Above all, maintain your composure and use a different restroom until the issue is resolved.
It Isn’t the End of the World If Your Toilet Overflows
It can be stressful and embarrassing when your toilet overflows, but it doesn’t have to be. You can show your recalcitrant bathroom who’s boss and go back to sleep without fear if you follow these guidelines. However, if your problem persists, employ the plumbing services in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley at Bromac Mechanical!
We will send you a licensed plumber to check your toilet, identify the problem, and restore it to its original working condition. Call 604-360-2710 and request a quote today!