Dealing With An Overflowing Toilet: What You Should Know

Nothing can ruin your day faster than a massive clog in your toilet that causes the water to overflow all over your bathroom floor. This is the nightmare scenario that is absolutely possible given the right (or perhaps wrong) circumstances, though not all that common. Should such a major plumbing issue occur in your home, you want to make sure you are prepared with a swift and effective plan of action to avoid damage to your plumbing fixtures, floors, carpeting, and other bathroom objects and fixtures. So, get to know the important steps to take to take care of a toilet overflow as quickly and as well as possible. 

Locate and Turn Off The Toilet's Water Supply

Long before you have any overflow issues with your toilet, you should take the time to find the water shutoff valve to the bowl. This is usually located just behind the bowl. 

Once you know the location of the valve, you will be prepared in case of a toilet water emergency. Should your toilet begin to overflow, you will need to turn the valve counterclockwise to shut the water supply off. 

Glove Up And Start Cleaning Up The Water

When you are cleaning up the water overflow from a clogged toilet, you should never try to handle things without wearing gloves. You will need cups or buckets to get the dirty water off of your floor. Pour all of the water you scoop up into a bucket for later disposal. Even if the water appears clean, do not pour it down your sink or shower drain as it may not be as clean as it appears. 

Once you have the majority of the water scooped up, you can use paper or cloth towels to soak up any remaining moisture. Make sure the floor is as dry as possible. 

Unclog The Toilet And Disinfect

If, while you have gone through all of this work, the water level in your toilet has not reduced at all and is still up to the edge of the bowl, you should not attempt to clear the clog yourself as you will likely cause a larger mess. Instead, call your plumber and wait for assistance. 

However, if the water level has reduced, you can try using your plunger to loosen up any remaining clogs and wait to see if the remaining water drains from the bowl. If it does, you can turn the water valve back on and allow water to refill the tank. You can then try to give it another flush just to be sure. You should have a nice, working toilet again.

Once your toilet clogging situation is resolved, all that's left to do is disinfect. You should thoroughly clean your floors and anything else the overflow water came into contact with. Additionally, you will want to thoroughly clean your toilet bowl, both the interior and exterior. 

As you can see, while an overflowing toilet is not a great deal of fun, it is manageable if you know the proper steps to take. So, keep these steps in mind should this issues ever occur in your home, and don't hesitate to call a plumber like T.C.R. Rooter & Plumbing Repair for assistance.