The toilet is one of the most important fixtures in the house because of the privacy and comfort it gives. When the toilet overflows, however, it can provide a lot of stress and discomfort.
To avoid embarrassing situations at times when the water in the bowl isn’t going down, try to keep it together and follow these tips:
- Remove the lid off the tank, put it in a secure spot, and look for the flapper. The flapper looks like a lid at the bottom which allows water from the tank to go down into the bowl. Close the drain with the flapper to make sure that no more water goes down.
- If that does not solve the problem, the toilet must have a clog somewhere. Look for the toilet’s valve and turn it counterclockwise in order to stop the flow of the water into the tank. Once the water stops flowing, try using hot water or the appropriate chemical solution to dislodge the blockage. Use a plunger and pump at the bowl or use an auger to fish out whatever is blocking the pipes.
- If the water keeps on rising, immediately switch off the water intake for the entire house. It might be a plumbing problem or your private septic tank might be full. Septic tanks need to be drained every 18 months. Call the professionals to do it for you if this maintenance hasn’t been done in a while.
- Try checking if the same thing has been happening to the other toilets in the house. If it is, your home’s sewer main might be clogged. Ask your neighbors if they have been having the same trouble because something might be up with the sewer system in your area which is causing water to go back up the toilets. If you isolate the problem and see that it is happening on your main, call professional licensed plumbers to help solve this issue. Should your area be affected, let your city’s local engineering or sanitation department know.
In any case, continuing toilet overflows can be a source of health hazards to your home. Sewage issues can also flood your house and can prove to be a stressful experience because of the smells and the health hazards it presents to you and your family. The moment you experience any emergencies of this kind, please do not hesitate to get in touch with MacKenzie Restoration at our 210-732-7319 number. We will respond by sending our technicians immediately, fix the issue at the source and perform our professional anti-microbial remediation procedure on the affected areas of your home.