An overflowing toilet is one of the most common toilet problems in Edmonton. If you face this problem, there’s no reason to fret. You can easily prevent the mess it creates by knowing how to deal with it in the first place, and we can help you with that. Here is how you can deal with an overflowing toilet.
Step 1. Shut the Water Supply
Your first step should always be to minimize the damage, and in this case, you can do that by shutting down the water supply. Locate the water shut-off valve near your toilet or tank base and turn the valve until the water stops flowing. Some old toilet systems may not have a shut-off valve, in which case, you can open the tank and rig the float, so it doesn’t let any more water into the tank.
Step 2. Clean the Floor
Now that the water flow has stopped, your next step is to clean the spilled water in your washroom. Use towels to clean up the spill thoroughly; if you have a rug that’s gotten wet, put it to wash. It is crucial that you clean and disinfect the affected surface to prevent water damage and mould growth.
Step 3. Unclog the Toilet
Sometimes, the overflowing can be accompanied by a clogged toilet, where a foreign object may be preventing the toilet from flushing well. If that’s the case, you should use a toilet plunger to unclog the toilet. Using a toilet plunger is quite easy. Place the cup of the plunger of the toilet drain to create a seal, then firmly push and pull the plunger vertically for about 20-30 seconds.
If using a plunger does not work, you can even use a drain snake to pry the foreign object out of the clogged toilet. Although never use chemical drain cleaners in your bathroom, they are harmful to the toilet and aren’t good for the environment.
Step 4. Call a Professional Plumber
Usually, an overflowing toilet does not occur on its own; it can be a sign of an underlying problem. Some of the most common toilet problems that cause overflowing are clogged drain or pipes, blocked vents, a full septic tank, or other sewage issues. So, it is always a good idea to give us a call when you have an overflowing toilet. We know exactly how to deal with your home’s toilet problems, and we do so at the best prices in town.
We, at Capital Plumbing, understand how frustrating an overflowing toilet can be and how it can indicate other underlying toilet problems. We can fix your overflowing toilet and ensure there isn’t any hidden problem with your toilet system. Let us help you by giving us a call at 780-451-5666.