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Steps to take if your toilet overflows

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Steps to take if your toilet overflows Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400

One of the most common plumbing problems is the toilet overflowing. When it happens, it always seems to be at the wrong time. Try these simple steps.

First, locate your water shut off valve near the base of your toilet. Turn the valve until the water shuts off to prevent additional overflow. If your toilet does not have one, open the tank and rig the float to stay in its position and not let any more water fill the tank.

Second, if water has spilled over and onto the floor, immediately remove it. Use towels to clean up a small amount but for larger amounts of water call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400. We can extract water out of the flooring quickly to prevent damage to your home.

Next, if you know there’s a foreign object preventing the toilet from flushing, get some rubber gloves and try to remove it. If a clog is the culprit of the overflow, grab a toilet plunger and try plunging it free. A sink plunger could work if you do not have a toilet plunger, but it likely won’t be as effective.

Lastly, if these steps do not remove the clog contact a plumber . Since, toilet overflowing could be a sign of a larger plumbing issue. The clog may be located farther along your pipe and a plumber will be able to diagnose and fix the problem right away.

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