We’ve all been there, clogged a toilet, and then watched in horror as the clogged toilet started overflowing. It’s not a comfortable few seconds as we know what comes next. That nasty water creeps up and comes up and over the toilet bowl. Spills onto the floor and onto surroundings. But what do you do? Don’t panic, McDonough Plumbing has the answer. Here are our tips for what to do when your clogged toilet is overflowing.
If you’ve ever lifted the hood on the back of the toilet you’ve seen the ball and chain in the tank. That ball and chain is what allows water to flow into the toilet bowl. When the ball reaches the top, it closes the valve, shutting the flow of water to the toilet, and the toilet is full. This little floater is what keeps the toilet from overflowing. You can prevent the water from returning by turning off the water supply to the toilet. Next to the toilet you should see a water valve. Just turn the valve counterclockwise to turn the water supply off.
Now that you know what stops water from overflowing your toilet, you know how to keep it from happening. But there is still one other factor. You have to get the toilet back into normal working order. In other words the clog needs to be cleared.
To clear the clog you need a plunger. Make sure that the plunger covers the hole entirely. Having the hole totally covered will provide the most suction, and should allow the clog to be cleared.
If the toilet is still clogged after all of this, at least the water isn’t all over the floor! Give McDonough Plumbing a call and we’ll be happy to give you a hand. We’re here to help you with all of your plumbing problems.