Possibly one of the more disgusting things that can happen in your home is to have your toilet overflow. We’ve all been there though, and it isn’t fun for sure! But what do you do? Do you continue flushing it? Do you grab towels? We all react differently in these situations. But if your toilet overflowed, here’s what you should do to rectify the situation.
First don’t panic, see what you can do to try to have as little damage as possible. Relax and find the shut off valve at the back of the toilet and turn the water off. Then, if you can’t find that, then take the lid off of the tank of the top of the toilet and stop the water from flowing yourself. You can do this by picking up the floating ball high enough to make the water stop running.
Your next instinct is to flush the toilet to remove the clog. Don’t do this! It already overflowed, so most likely it will continue to overflow making the whole situation only that much worse. There are a few possibilities as to why the toilet is overflowing in the first place. One of those is that your pipe could be clogged. And repeated flushing is not going to rectify this situation. An even worse situation is that you could have a backed up septic system. Either way, you want to call a professional plumber like McDonough Plumbing if this continues to happen. We can get there as quickly as possible to help correct the problem.
In the meantime, you can try to use a plunger, a snake, and some towels and a mop to try to clean the mess up. You don’t want that water sitting around.
Contact us, we’re specially trained for problems like these, who wants to deal with this on a regular basis? McDonough Plumbing has been serving Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Venice, North Port, Englewood and other communities throughout Charlotte & South Sarasota Counties since 1947.