I don’t know a single person that wants to deal with an overflowing toilet. It’s gross no matter what causes it to overflow, but if it’s something that has come out of your body (vs. something that should just not be flushed) it’s even worse. It seems like toilet problems happen at the very worst of times, like when you have guest arriving or already there or are about to host a party or the ultimate worst… during a party! Perhaps there is never really a good time for a toilet to overflow, but it would be just a little less horrific if there are not other people around to witness it.
So, what do you do?
The first order of business is to stop the flow of water (and perhaps raw sewage) from spilling out onto the floor and in order to do that you must stop water from flowing into the bowl. The best place to do that is the toilet’s main shut off valve. If you are really unlucky, your toilet’s main shut off valve will end up being behind a wall, in this case turn off the water to your house and call and a plumber immediately.
The other thing that may make you want to bang your head against the wall is, of course the valve may be hard to turn and that is because it probably hasn’t been turned in years. So, note to self, go turn your valve back and forth today and if it is hard to do spray it with some lubricant now because the one time you don’t want extra problems shutting off the valve is when you can see the dirty water rising…
If you are unable to shut the water off your next step needs to be checking under the lid. Carefully, remove the lid of the toilet and gently set it down so you will not break or crack it. Check the flapper to make sure it is covering the hole. The flapper is attached to a chain and if it is open, reach in and manually close it. This should stop water from flowing.
If the flapper is not the problem, next look for the float ball. This is what stops your tank from over filling, if you manually hold the float ball at the top of the tank this will also stop the water, but only while you are holding it up. This might land you in an interesting position if you are home alone and trying to avoid a disaster. Find a way to prop it up or have someone hold it while you clear the clog.
The last step is to clear the clog out so your toilet will work properly again. If you don’t have a plunger you should invest in one today. It is unlikely you will make it a lifetime without experiencing a clogged toilet.
Call Carmine’s for all your plumbing troubles at 203-791- 8089. We will have your toilet working again in no time.