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How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

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Clogged and overflowing toilets can be anxiety inducing. Know how to deal with this occurrence and stop it at its tracks. (Photo Credit)

Overflowing toilets are not just unsanitary, it can also be very stressful, embarrasing even when there are some guests.

A toilet overflow can also be a cause for water damage, and black water at that since it most likely involves fecal matter. There are several categories of water damage, and that which is emanating from a toilet overflow is already classified as Black Water Damage.

So how can a property owner stop a toilet from overflowing?

The website Inspectaepedia offered some quick fix.

“Reach inside the toilet and push down the flapper valve that is letting the tank empty water into the toilet bowl – this will stop water from entering the toilet and if you’re quick enough, prevent sewage from overflowing onto the floor. This will be a rubber valve in the center of the bottom of the toilet tank. This will stop water from flowing from the toilet tank into the toilet bowl.”

Read the detailed instructions here.

Stopping the Overflow

SF Gate also came up with a how-to guide on stopping an overflowing toilet. Water damage restoration

“Turn off the toilet’s water supply. Most toilets feature a supply line near the bottom side of the bowl. The line should have a valve. Turn the valve counterclockwise to stop water flow to the toilet. If you can’t locate this valve, continue to the next step. Remove the tank cover. Lift the float cup or float ball high enough so that the water stops running. If the water continues to run, turn off the water supply to the house.”

Take a look at the whole tutorial here.

Tips and Guides

DoItYourself.com for its part also came up with a detailed instructional in fixing an overflowing toilet bowl.

“Once you have located the floater and the mechanism, you can arrange it so that the floater sits lower in the toilet, thus limiting the toilet overflow mechanism. If you are concerned that the floater is damaged or not working properly, remove it using your screwdriver, and replace it with a new floater. You should adjust the settle the mechanism as required, and turn the water back on. Flush the toilet, and watch as the toilet overflow gets to work. The water in the bowl should stop filling up more quickly, and the line of water inside the tank should be lower. If there is still too much water entering the tank, you should lower the floater mechanism again until you are satisfied that the toilet overflow is now working at its correct levels.”

Bookmark this instructional guide here.

Knowing what to do when a toilet bowl overflows will help avoid unsanitary water damage.

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