Few things can strike dread into the heart of a homeowner quite like watching their toilet fill to the brim and begin to overflow. Even if the water is clean — or as clean as toilet water can be — there’s an immediate sense of panic that causes a sudden brain block. What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
Look around and behind the bowl of the toilet. Your toilet is connected to your home’s water supply somewhere, and where it’s connected, you’ll find a shut off valve. Turn the valve counterclockwise to stop water flowing into the toilet, and take a deep breath. The water has stopped flowing and the worst is over.
If you have a wet vacuum and a significant amount of water has flooded the bathroom, you may want to go grab it. Otherwise, soak up the water as best you can with towels and a mop. You need to ensure the floor is as dry as possible to prevent any future water damage or mould issues. The wet towels should go into the washing machine to be sanitized — even clean toilet water could be contaminated by lingering bacteria or moulds. The mop can be sanitized as usual. Disinfect the floor and any other surfaces toilet water touched as well. Once the water is soaked up, it’s time to confront the real issue.
How do you fix the toilet?
An overflowing toilet isn’t uncommon and there are a couple of usual suspects to investigate. To get started, get a pail and bail out enough water from the bowl that you can work in the toilet. If the water is relatively clean, you can dump it down the sink. If it’s gross, look around your home for something that’s easy to clean and which can hold the water in the meantime. Your toilet is likely overflowing either because a foreign object was stuffed into it or because of clog. Evaluate whether your toddler or someone’s BM is to blame. If a foreign object is at fault, use rubber gloves to try and retrieve it. Otherwise, try to plunge the clog clear. Sometimes being patient and letting wastes dissolve in the water makes this easier.
If you can’t find the source of the problem, it’s time to give the friendly Calgary plumbers at Plumbing Paramedics a call. Our certified plumbers will help to diagnose what’s going wrong and have your toilet running smoothly once more. Give us a call at (403) 452-2911 or book an appointment online!