Overflowing toilet-the dreaded, unmistakable, disaster every homeowner fears! Even with the newest of toilets, it is inevitable we will all be faced with this plumbing nightmare at some point. But have no fear! The First General team has some great tips for dealing with this water catastrophe.
The first, and most important step to calming a gushing commode is to shut off the toilet’s water supply. This will stop the flow of fresh water coming into the toilet. The supply line is most often located near the bottom of the toilet bowl. Look for the valve and turn it counterclockwise into the “off” position.
Once the water supply is safely turned off, the next step is to remove the excess water from the toilet bowl. Using a small cup, empty the water into a bucket. If the water is dirty, you will want to put on a pair of rubber gloves for this step. Check out this quick video for turning off the water supply line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGn_QHIfrhw
You will now be ready to grab the toilet plunger and get to work un-clogging the toilet. Align the rubber cup of the toilet plunger over the center of the hole in the toilet bowl. Apply downward pressure in a series of quick movements. If a clog has caused the toilet overflow, the pressure of the plunger maneuvers will dislodge the mass blocking the pipe. Listen for a gurgling noise. This is your indication the mass has been dislodged and gravity will force it through the waste pipe.
You can now remove the toilet tank cover and re-set the float mechanism. Remember, the float mechanism needs to sit lower than the water in the tank to prevent the tank portion of the toilet from overflowing. Ensure that the chain attached to the float is not kinked or tangled, or that the float is not caught on a piece of debris or other portion of the toilet.
In the event of water damage to your home from an overflowing toilet, contact the First General team for immediate water mitigation. Visit our page for additional information https://firstgeneralservice.com/water-damage-services.