Eek! There’s Water Everywhere! Learn How to Fix an Overflowing Toilet

Few things are as disgusting as an overflowing toilet. Fortunately, there are several ways to fix an overflowing toilet. What’s more, you don’t even need to have a formidable DIY skill set to do so.

If your toilet overflows the moment you flush it, then it likely has a clog. Your first reaction when you see water rising in the toilet bowl is to take to your heels. A natural response to avoid the disgusting toilet water, but make sure you come back to address the issue.

Knowing how to fix an overflowing toilet should be an essential life skill. That’s because you’ll likely encounter an overflowing toilet in your life. How well you’ll handle the issue depends on your preparedness and basic plumbing knowledge.

In this post, we’ll be highlighting a couple of ways you can fix an overflowing toilet. 

Step on How to Fix an Overflowing Toilet

As mentioned earlier, there are several ways you can fix an overflowing toilet. Here’ the correct way to do so.

Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply

When water starts spilling out of the toilet, your first move should be to turn off the water supply to the toilet. In doing so, you’ll stop any more water from spilling out of the toilet. Check the main valve found behind the toilet and turn the valve to cut the water supply.

If you can’t find the valve behind the toilet, don’t panic. All you have to do is lift the toilet lid and lift the float cup or ball high enough to stop the running water. After that, you can shut off the water supply to the main house for a short while before you address the issue. 

In some instances, water might still gush out from the toilet even with the main water supply cut off. If this describes your situation, then you probably have a sewage backup. If that’s the case, you need to call a plumbing company as soon as you can.

A sewage backup is a serious problem that you need to solve ASAP. That’s because the sewage backup can enter your potable water supply. If it does, it could lead to severe health complications that could even lead to death.

Contact your plumber if your toilet still overflows even after shutting off the house’s main water supply. A good plumber will address the sewage backup issue in no time.

Alternative Ways to Cut off Water Supply to Your Toilet

Apart from turning off the water supply via the valve behind the toilet, here are some other ways you can cut off the water supply to your toilet.

Turn the valve at the toilet base – Try to locate a valve at the bottom of your toilet and turn it clockwise. This should be a last resort when all other methods fail. That’s because turning this valve can be difficult, and you’ll probably need a wrench.

Close the flapper in your toilet tank – Lift your toilet’s tank lid and look for a flapper. The flapper covers a small opening into the toilet bowl.  Plugging the flapper prevents water from flowing from the toilet tank into the bowl.

If all these methods don’t work, then you probably have sewage backup. If you call a plumber, they should be able to address the issue in a jiffy.

Step 2: Time to Unclog the Drain

We earlier mentioned that the root cause of a toilet overflowing is a clog in the toilet. You need to take care of the clog so your toilet can get back to normal. All you need is a flange plunger, and you’ll be good to go.

Find the drain hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl, and place the plunger cup over it. Make sure you cover the entire drain hole. Pump the plunger a few times until the toilet unclogs.

Your toilet should stop overflowing once you remove the clog. Try to flush the toilet again and see whether it flushes as it should. If the problem persists, then the clog might be in the drain pipe

If this is the situation, then the problem affects other parts other than the toilet. It could be with your main or even your sewer line. This also means that water from the entire house can’t escape and thus flows to the lowest exit, which is the toilet.

The situation is worse for individuals with septic tank systems. That’s because the reason for the toilet overflowing might be a full septic tank. You’ll need professional septic tank pumping to resolve the matter if that’s the case.

Once you pump the septic tank, try flushing the toilet once again. By now, you shouldn’t have any issues with overflowing. Call a plumber to unclog your drain line, and you’ll be good to go if you still have issues with your toilet overflowing.

How to Stop a Toilet From Overflowing for Good

From the above, it’s clear that clogs within the toilet or the drain lines are the main cause of an overflow. With that in mind, if you want your toilet never to overflow again, then you need to watch what you throw down the drain.

That means you should only flush what’s supposed to go down the toilet. Just because you can flush most items down the toilet, it doesn’t mean you should do so. That means you shouldn’t even flush objects that seem “flushable.”

Avoid flushing any tampons, diapers, or cat litter down the toilet. You certainly shouldn’t flush any large objects down the toilet. That’s the only way you can prevent your toilet from clogging.

You Now Know How to Fix an Overflowing Toilet

Now that you know how to fix an overflowing toilet, you don’t have much to worry about the next time your toilet overflows. Remember, if the problem is with the drainpipe, don’t hesitate to call your plumber to take care of the situation.

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