What to do When the Toilet is Overflowing?

It has happened to all of us at one point or another. You go to flush a toilet and witness the sheer terror of the water level beginning to rise. Panic often takes over as water levels rise and creep toward the top of the bowl but before you frantically try to solve the issue, pause, take a breath and think: What would the experts at Pete & Son Plumbing do?

When your toilet starts to overflow, it is inconvenient, unsanitary and, maybe the most important of all, you are losing a vital piece of your home or workspace. A home without a bathroom is an unpleasant place to be! The best thing that you can do in this situation is to call a professional plumber immediately and take additional steps to stop the flow to mitigate damage.

Stop an Overflowing Toilet & Mitigate Damage

If well-maintained modern toilets can last for a decade or longer. In the event of overflow, it is more often than not a symptom of an existing issue down the line. If this is the case you can push the plunger as far down as it’ll go but there won’t be any movement. The best way to stop an overflowing toilet is to understand what is causing it to back up in the first place. Luckily, there are expert plumbers in the area ready to swing into action with professional plumbing repairs and insight into what is putting pressure on your system.

Overflow happens quickly and often doesn’t leave you much time to react. It’s easy to panic when you see water creeping up toward the edge of the toilet bowl. Before you make a snap decision that will end up doing more harm than good, remember the don’ts of an overflow:

DON’T: Flush the toilet again

DON’T: Put chemicals in the toilet

DON’T: Remove any components from the toilet tank

DON’T: Remove any pipes or plumbing

Any of these can result in major flooding issues along with damage to flooring, baseboards, walls and more. Instead of trying to tackle this unpleasant situation on your own, call a local professional. Many plumbers, like the experts at Pete & Son Plumbing, offer emergency plumbing services. In the meantime, here are some quick tips that will help you take control of the situation while you wait.

Depress the Tank Flapper: Remove the tank lid and take a look at what is happening inside your appliance. The flapper valve controls water flow into the tank. By pressing down on the flapper you create a seal that will prevent more water from flowing in.

Check Float Adjustment: The float is a black ball that regulates the water level in the tank. If the float is too high it will refill the bowl with too much water and will lead to overflow. While holding the flapper valve down, use a free hand to lift the float ball. This will prevent the tank from filling up at all.

Shut Off the Water Supply: If the first two steps can’t get the overflow under control it’s time to consider shutting off the water supply. This sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. Behind the toilet is a silver valve, just give this a twist and cut off the water supply to the toilet.

Once the overflowing water is under control, get a plumber in ASAP. A plumber will diagnose the issue, identifying clogs, issues within the sewer line, damaged components, tree root damage or any other existing issues.

Pete & Son Plumbing: Expert Plumbers in Your Area

It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with a toilet clog, slow draining shower, full septic tank or less common plumbing issues, there’s nothing that our team of highly trained plumbing experts can’t handle.

We can help you to assess the condition of your pipes and plumbing systems, as well as providing tips to avoid clogs in the future. The majority of overflow is called by clogged pipes or drains. Toilet paper is designed to be flushed but not in large quantities. Sending too much down the drain can result in a clog and backup. If something isn’t meant to go down a toilet drain, like paper towel — don’t flush it!

What to do When the Toilet is Overflowing?