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What To Do When Your Toilet Overflows

Toilet Overflow Columbus, OH

As a homeowner, there are few things more disgusting than your toilet overflowing with dirty water all over your bathroom floor. So if you ever find yourself in this situation here are four steps that can help you minimize the damage to your mental state and your home:

First, turn off the water supply to the toilet, there is usually a valve located on the wall behind the toilet bowl that will stop the water. If you cannot find this valve, lift the lid on the tank and flip the rubber stopper to the open position, this will stop more water from flowing into the tank and from overflowing your toilet.

Second, make sure you have supplies ready to clean up anything that the toilet overflows. Probably the worst part of dealing with any toilet overflow is the stuff that comes out; it is pretty nasty, make sure you've got gloves, lots of paper towels, and heavy-duty garbage bags on hand.

The third step is to plunge, plunge, plunge and then plunge some more. Plunge like your life depends on it, really put your back into it. You'll know you've done a good job if the full bowl empties as it would regularly flush. If after you plunge your heart out and you are still suffering from toilet overflow, your last line of defense is a toilet snake. It's a metal rope that you can pick up at almost any store. You stick it down your toilet, it has a handle, and you rotate it all the way down. The idea is that if there is an obstruction down there, the snake will dislodge it.

The fourth step is giving up if you've used both plunger and snake that means the issue causing the toilet overflow is beyond your meager DIY skill set. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is time to call a professional who will get to the bottom of the issue.

Call AllPhase Restoration at 614-261-0000 for all of your sewage damage, toilet overflow, or water damage cleanup needs in Columbus, OH. We will quickly restore any part of your home that is damaged due to water to its original state.