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What To Do If Your Toilet Overflows… Act Quick!

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

exhibit of the inner working of a toilet tank valve Act Quick! Picture source: https://www.wikihow.com/Unclog-a-Toilet

Imagine this… You flush the toilet at your boss’s house and the water in the toilet keeps rising and rising. Not many other things can cause sudden and extreme anxiety. You think you’ll have to bolt out the door, change your name and move to another country. But wait… Act fast and you may just be able to save your dignity, keep your job and maybe even get that promotion.

Quick Steps To Prevent Overflow:

  1. Stop the water by removing the lid and pressing down on the rubber valve. This blocks any more water from going into the bowl.
  2. Lift the float so the water stops filling the tank
  3. Last resort, turn off the water at the back of the toilet.

Now that you stopped the flow of water it is time to assess the situation and deal with what caused it.

A toilet over flow can be caused by many things but usually a simple plunger can fix the issue. Try plunging the toilet. If that doesn’t work then it is most likely an issue in the plumbing and a plumber will have to be called. It could be a clog in a drain pipe or the septic system is backed up.

If the water did breach the toilet rim, you’ll need to call a reputable water restoration company. Toilet water is black water and carries bacteria and germs that can get into tiny crevices such as porous tile grout, under baseboards and inside walls and even through the floors and going down to lower floors; causing damage in places that are not visible or reachable with special tools. A simple mopping with bleach will not do the trick. You will need a trained water and sewage damage technician to test and treat all wet materials, properly dry the structure to prevent mold, decontaminate the affected area, and apply antimicrobial.

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