Preventing a toilet from overflowing is a simple task, as long as you know the right steps to take. Fast action is a necessity when dealing with a toilet on the verge of overflowing; therefore, quick thinking and knowledge is essential to prevent this mess from occurring.
The first thing you need to do is take the toilet tank lid off and set it aside either on the floor of your bathroom or shower.
Next, to stop more water from flowing into the bowl, you will need to reach inside the tank and press down on the flapper valve which is the rubber piece located at the bottom of the tank. Before you start debating this action, remember the water is sanitary.
After securing the flapper, lift up on the float that is connected to the valve. Pressing down on the flapper valve and pulling up on the floater will not only stop the water from entering your toilet bowl, but you should also see a slight decrease in the level of water in your toilet.
After one to two minutes, you can release the floater, and the tank should start refilling the bowl again, without overflowing.
If the previous steps taken do not help the water level to decrease, continue to hold the floater up. You will need to shut off the water supply via the toilet supply valve located at the back of the toilet, near the floor.
If your toilet is showing no signs of overflowing and the levels of water are back to normal, you may now continue to unclog your toilet.
Using a plunger, try to remove any blockages from the drain of the toilet bowl. If only one toilet in your home is clogged, the problem is most likely with that toilet. However, if many toilets in your house are having issues, you may need to call a plumber.
If you can’t fix your plumbing complication, give us at Lowery Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (806) 741-0519.