Flushing a toilet is a simple action that is taken for granted. Everybody goes through the experience at some point where you flush the toilet and it just keeps on flushing. The adrenaline kicks in when you start seeing the water creep closer to the brim of the bowl and you have a limited time to fix this problem before the water hits the floor. Instead of accepting your fate of having raw sewage on your bathroom floor, follow these tips to save the day.
Find the Source
Whatever the cause, when the water is rising and there is no sign of it slowing down, the sure way to stop the water from continuing is to shut off the toilet’s water valve. You are going to most likely see the water line alongside the bathroom wall leading up to the back of the toilet. There should be a valve placed somewhere on the line that you can turn with your hand. Once you have the toilet’s water valve turned off, you can relax because you are not racing against time anymore. Unfortunately, the water line is not always exposed. Sometimes it is hidden behind the wall to make the bathroom more visually pleasing. If that is the case, you will need a plan B.
If you cannot see the water line or find the toilet’s water valve, you have to resort to going inside the toilet tank to fix the problem. Start by removing the lid. Even though you might be in a rush to fix the problem, you don’t want to break the lid to your toilet. When you have the lid off, check if the flapper (rubber disc that covers the hole at the base of the tank) to make sure it is closed completely. If it is not covering the hole, you need to close it. That should stop the water from flowing. If the flapper is not the problem, lift the float ball. You either need somebody to keep the float ball lifted for you or prop it up with whatever it takes while you find the toilet’s water valve to shut off or fix your clog.
Loosen it Up
Once you get the water to stop flowing, you need to get rid of the clog. Plungers are usually the go-to source to break up a clog. If you don’t have a plunger right now in your home, close your computer and go to the store to buy one right now. I guarantee you will have a clog at some point in your home and it will much more of a hassle to use any sort of make shift item from your home.
This information will be of great value to you some day because clogged toilets are not a rarity. It will be especially helpful if this happens to you anywhere that is not your home! If the problem becomes bigger than you can handle, we are a 24-hour emergency plumbing company that is only a phone call away!