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How to Handle an Overflowing Toilet

Handling an Overflowing Toilet

No one wants to see an overflowing toilet. It sends a wave of panic over most people as they try to figure out what to do next.

The first thing to do is turn off the water supply behind the toilet. This will cut the water only to your toilet. You can also lift the floating ball inside the toilet tank, then shut off the water to your entire home.

After that, you’ll need to diagnose the issue with your toilet and clean up the aftermath. Here are some tips to handle the situation.

Cleaning Up

Once the water has stopped flowing, (and if it crested over the seat before you were able to turn it off) you’ll need to clean up a bit so the toilet is easier to access. This is also to prevent damage to your bathroom flooring or walls. Grab a bucket or two, some gloves, and something to soak up the water like a mop or towels.

Start by removing some of the standing water from the bowl into a bucket. Once the toilet is less full, use a plunger to try and fix the clog. Make sure the plunger creates a tight seal to push water through the drain pipe.

If the plunger doesn’t work, try using a toilet auger, which is the toilet version of a drain snake.

Next Steps

Hopefully, either the plunger or auger was able to clear the clog and your toilet is draining normally. If not, the next stage would be to remove the toilet so you can access the pipe behind it. At this point, it may be time to call in a professional plumber.

The issue could also stem from other areas, like backflow from your septic system or mechanical problems with the pieces inside the tank. These issues are best addressed by a professional.

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