Quick Action Can Save Your Home From Water Damage From An Overflowing Toilet

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Whether you rent your house or own it, you should know what to do when your toilet is overflowing. You need to stop the spillage of water fast, or you'll have a mess to clean up, and the floor or carpet on the other side of the bathroom door could be water damaged. Here are things to try when your toilet is overflowing.

Stop Water From Draining Out Of The Tank

One way to keep more water from entering the toilet bowl is to keep it from draining out of the tank. Do this by pressing down on the flapper so the rubber seals the drainage hole. You may need to hold the flapper down by hand until you can get the water shut off. Another thing to try is to pull up on the float. When the water rises in the tank, the float rises and shuts off the water. If you let go and let the float sink, the water turns on again, so this isn't a permanent solution, but it may stop the water until someone can turn off the water.

Cut Off The Water Supply

Turn the valve on the floor that has a water line going to the toilet tank. This stops more water from going in the tank, but you may still have to deal with water that's in the tank. A problem you might encounter is a valve that's stuck due to corrosion and not being turned for a long time. If this happens, you won't have time to work the valve loose. Instead, rush out to your water main and shut off the water to your entire house until you get control of the situation.

Plunge The Toilet

If the water has stopped pouring into the tank, it's time to deal with the clog so the water in the toilet bowl can drain. If the bowl is full, try waiting several minutes to see if the bowl will drain slowly. When the water is low enough that it won't splash out when you use the plunger, try plunging vigorously until the toilet flushes as it should. Follow that with a few more flushes just to make sure the clog has cleared and things are back to normal. If you can't clear the clog by plunging, then call a plumber for help.

Get Professional Help

You don't want to leave the water off to your house because of a faulty toilet, so you may need to call an emergency plumber to clear the clog and get your toilet flushing like it should. There might be a clog in the toilet from a toy a child dropped in, or there could be tree roots blocking the sewer drain. The plumber will clear the drain with a hydro jet, drain snake, or other tools and make repairs if they're needed to the valve or tank parts so water enters the tank properly and so you can turn off the valve if an emergency happens again. 

For more information, contact a plumbing service.

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