How To Fix An Overflowing Toilet

One thing we should all be able to rely on is our toilet flushing properly when we need it the most. However, life doesn’t always work out to our advantage, and toilets can clog and overflow, making matters even worse.San Antonio toilet repair
To prevent dirty toilet water from reaching your bathroom floor, you need to have the correct tools at hand and know what you need to do in the event of a clogged toilet. If your toilet clogs quickly, or you want to be ready for any eventuality, then you need to follow an emergency protocol.

Stop Overflowing at the Source

The first thing you need to do is stop water flowing into your toilet, no matter the cause of your clogged toilet. In most bathrooms, the easiest way to stop the flow of water is by shutting off the toilet’s main valve. To prevent the overflow of water and remove the clog from the toilet, closing the valve is a vital step.
However, this is not always as easy as it sounds. Since you don’t tend to turn the valve on and off frequently, it can sometimes become rusted in place, or be sticky and resistant to being turned. To avoid this, you need some proactiveness from your part, as you should turn the valve open and shut every time you clean the bathroom.
If it starts to be stubborn, use a lubricant to help it turn freely. Opening and closing your valve doesn’t take that much time, and you’ll be confident you can close the valve in case of an emergency.

Have a Backup Plan Ready

If you have an overflowing toilet and can’t access or turn off the shutoff valve, you’re going to need to look inside your toilet tank. Carefully lift the lid, set it aside and check the flapper (the rubber disc at the bottom of the tank which covers the hole). You should close it if it’s open, stopping the flow of water. If the flapper won’t stay closed or it’s not open, check the float ball. Manually lifting this ball will prevent the water from flowing.
This procedure can be kind of complicated if you’re home alone and there’s no one around to assist you. If the water continues to flow into the bowl once you lower the float ball, then get something to hold or prop the ball in place while you try and close the shut-off valve with your other hand.

Once You Have Stopped The Overflowing

The last step once you have stopped or prevented the water from overflowing is to remove the clog. Your go-to tool for clearing clogs should be a toilet plunger. We recommend purchasing a plunger with a toilet flange. This device should be something that you always need to have handy as, unfortunately, clogged toilets are somewhat of a certainty.
If you can’t get the clog out on your own, or for another plumbing emergency that you can’t fix by yourself, contact a professional plumber. They will be able to take care of the issue cleanly and quickly.