Help my toilet overflowed!
Unfortunately one of the most cringe worthy things you can hear as a parent or family member is, “Mom, Dad, the toilet is overflowing!” Overflowing toilets due to clogs is a common problem. There are a few things you can do to minimize water damage and the spread of germs before the clog is fixed.
Stop the water
The first thing to do is stop the water from flowing into the toilet by locating the water shut off valve. This valve is typically behind the toilet. Turn the valve all the way off but not too tight and the water will stop flowing into the toilet.
Clean and Disinfect
The next step is to clean up the water that is on the floor. Get some gloves and some old towels to sop up the water. If there is a larger spell utilize a shop vac to collect the water. You must disinfect every surface that was towed touched by the water from the toilet.
Tackle the clog
The clog is the reason why your toilet has overflowed. Get out your toilet plunger and begin the slow and steady plunging motion. Hopefully this will do the trick.
If you have access to other toilets in your home you could try to break up the clock by putting a mixture of one cup of vinegar and one cup of baking soda and letting it sit in the toilet overnight.
With children you never know what might end up in the toilet. Get your long gloves out or use a grabbing tool and try to remove whatever ended up in the toilet by accident or otherwise. Be sure to have a plastic bag handy to dispose of the item.
In the future you and your family can try to prevent clots from happening by doing the following:
- Use less toilet paper
- Do not flush any feminine products down the toilet
- Keep the area around the toilet clear to prevent objects from accidentally falling into the toilet
- Give small children a little lesson about proper toilet use
Knowing what to do when the toilet overflows is important to not getting into too sticky of a situation. If you are unable to clear the clog free yourself then call in the professionals at Any Time Plumbing. We are here to help you with all of your plumbing needs 24/7.