What to do if your Toilet overflowing

What To Do If You’re Toilet Overflowing?

It is enough to make your heart stop if you see the water in your toilet bowl slowly rise higher and higher. Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is an overflowing toilet. It is a mess to clean up, and it is a bad situation to be dealing with on your own. Further toilet and how to clean up the leftover mess properly. If you find that the job is becoming too difficult to handle on your own, hiring Golden Touch Restoration Specialist is always a good idea.

How to Sanitize & Cleanup Toilet Overflowing?

What do you do when you flush the toilet and notice it isn’t flushing? While your first instinct may be to feel fear, being proactive is the best way to reduce some of the cleanups you will have to do later. If your toilet overflows, you should adopt the following steps. 

  • Stop the Toilet from Overflowing

Before you do anything else; you must stop the overflowing water. The less water that flows over the surface, the less you will have to clean up and the less potential damage you will have to deal with.

With two people, you can complete this task more quickly and easily, but you must focus on two main objectives. First, you must turn off the water valve. Most toilets have an external water valve nearby, so turning right until it gets tighter and shuts off the water flow should be simple.

Liftoff the tank lid to the toilet simultaneously, if possible, and locate the spherical rubber valve near the bottom. This must be pressed while lifting the float to prevent additional water from penetrating the toilet and flowing over the rim.

This would not be easy if you are alone, but do your best and initiate with the water valve. Your goal is to prevent as much water from overflowing onto the floor as possible, so move efficiently and quickly.

Whatever has spilled on your floor, you must clean it up as soon as possible. Gloves will be your best friend here, so if you have some disposables or even dish gloves on hand, now is the time to put them on because this could get gross.

Solid waste is considered a health hazard, so handle it accordingly. Before you can start tackling the liquids, you must first clean up any solids in the area. Put them in a plastic bag and throw them away right away.

Once the area has been cleared of solid waste, a mop and a bucket will be your best option for removing liquids and keeping the floor as dry as possible. Towels can be used to remove surface moisture that a mop cannot remove. Just make sure they go straight into the washer when you are done.

  • Address The Clog

Now, as the overflow has been stopped and the water has been removed from the floor, it’s time to address the source of the problem. In most cases, you are already aware of what caused the clog in the first place, so the fix should be simple.

If you don’t already have a plunger, now is the time to get one. The most expensive plungers are not always the best when it comes to plungers. Find a good, strong, and durable bell plunger because the seal it creates and the up and down motion will do the work. While you are out, it might be a good idea to pick up a toilet auger. These can be a little pricey, but if you can get one, it will make the next step much more effortless.

Before you start plunging, make sure the water will not spill all over the place. If it is already at the bowl’s edge, remove some with a bucket first, or you will have more water on your floor to deal with. The idea behind plunging is to use a steady up and down motion to force whatever is causing the clog through the trap and into the exact drain. A good seal is essential in this regard. If plunging fails, it is time to pull out the toilet auger. They are similar to drain snakes; they are specifically designed for your toilet’s S-shaped trap.

  • Dispose Of The Waste Water

Dumping it into the toilet and flushing it is the simplest way. If there is a considerable volume of water, do it in increments so that the toilet does not flood again. Before adding more water, make sure the water to the toilet is turned back on, and the toilet is working properly. Once the clog has been removed, and the toilet is operational again, dispose of any wastewater that has been mopped up from the toilet.

  • Sanitize The Area

Now that the clog has been cleared and things are back to normal, you must not skip this final step. The area must be cleaned and sanitized. Lingering bacteria from the overspill can cause serious illness if left untreated, so thoroughly sanitize every region where the overflow water and waste end. A solution of one cup of bleach to one gallon of warm water will be enough.

Use a mop to clean the floor, and make sure it is as clean as possible if you reuse an earlier mop. If the wastewater got into your baseboards, wipe them down as well. Wiping down areas with rags is also an option, but gloves are recommended because you will be handling bleach water (clean ones, preferably).

Most Efficient Ways to Unclog a Toilet

In most cases, using a plunger to clear a clogged toilet is the best option. Every household should have a good bell plunger, preferably with a flange.

  • Plunger

Although fancy-looking plungers are appealing, you need one that will create a good seal all around the drain. If you are having trouble getting a good seal, a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the plunger’s edges can help.

  • Hot Water & Vinegar

Using hot (but not boiling) water with gentle, non-toxic household cleaning products like dish soap or vinegar and baking soda can help soften and loosen the clog, allowing it to pass through the trap and into the drain. Allow the hot water and cleaning products to work on the source of the clog for about 10-15 minutes after pouring them in.

Because vinegar and baking soda will produce bubbles, use caution when adding them to avoid spilling. After the hot water and chemicals have had time to work, flush the toilet to see if the clog has been resolved. If they worked, you would hear a fast suction sound followed by the toilet draining normally.

  • Toilet Auger

Toilet augers are another excellent option. They will either break up the clog so that it can be flushed down the drain or pull it out to be disposed of.

What Causes Toilet Overflows?

Overflowing toilets are a common issue. However, knowing the cause makes it simple to prevent it or have it repaired by a professional. Overflows can occur due to clogged pipes, sewage issues, blocked vents, or a full septic tank. The majority of plumbing systems rely on gravity. To avoid water damage or biological growth in your home, consider the following potential causes of an overflowing toilet:

  • Clogged Pipes

When you flush your toilet, a clog in the toilet or nearby pipes prevents water from draining. The most common source of these clogs is excessive toilet paper. Some older low-flow toilets clog easily, necessitating multiple flushes. Even if you have traditional fixtures, you should always have a plunger on hand to clear clogs. If you cannot remove the clog on your own, hire Golden Touch Restoration Specialist to use a drain snake to clear the blockage. Clogs that take a long time to drain are frequently difficult for homeowners to resolve on their own.

  • Blocked Vents

A plumbing vent is a vertical pipe that connects all of your plumbing fixtures. It allows air into your lines to replace the lost air when you flush the toilet. It is usually equipped with a roof-mounted outlet.

It will stop draining or drain slowly if it becomes clogged with debris such as leaves or pine needles. Even if the toilet does not overflow, you may notice bubbling sounds or unpleasant odors after flushing it. It may even produce suction, which could damage your pipes.

Cleaning out your vents should be done by a professional. Debris removal can be difficult and dangerous, necessitating specialized equipment.

  • Sewage Issues

Roots from trees in your yard can clog the pipes that connect your house to the main sewer line. When people flush items like wet wipes or paper towels down the toilet, they can build up and cause a clog. Unfortunately, even flushable cleaning products do not degrade as quickly as toilet paper. A clogged sewer line can result in a flooded basement, or an overflows toilet.

  • A Full Septic Tank

A similar problem could arise if you use a septic tank instead of a municipal sewer system. Septic tanks collect waste and discharge excess water into the drain field and the soil surrounding them. Your toilets will overflow if your septic tank is full or if moisture cannot escape for some other reason. You should keep your septic system and the rest of your plumbing in good working order. That way, you will be able to have your tank drained or make other repairs if necessary.

When to Call a Professional 3475518094

In the event of a large toilet overflow, it is critical to clean it up and deal with it as soon as possible to avoid significant water damage to your property. This is when professional assistance can be highly beneficial in preventing further damage.

Suppose you are having difficulty unclogging your toilet/sewer lines. When conventional methods such as toilet augers fail and plungers, all signs point to something more severe than a traditional clog or high filler float. In that case, it is best to contact Golden Touch Restoration Specialist.

Their access to specialized equipment and training and knowledge of your city’s municipal sewer line drainage regulations ensure that the job is done correctly without causing severe harm to your plumbing and keeping your home up to code.