What Should I Do if My Toilet Overflows?
This is a common question that is often asked of plumbers. When a toilet becomes clogged and the water begins rising and overflowing, you know that you have a serious problem. Here are a few steps to take any time an overflowing toilet becomes an out of control situation. The first step is to turn off the water using the valve behind the toilet. Do this immediately. This should stop the flow of water in a matter of seconds.
Water Continues To Flow
The next step would be to take the lid off of the tank and check the rubber flapper to see if it has fallen back into place the way that it normally does. If the flapper has remained open, simply push it back into place to stop the flow of water. If you are unable to find the source of the problem and water continues to flow from the tank to the bowl, it may be necessary to take more drastic measures. This may include lifting up the float ball until the refill valve is completely shut off.
Mold And Mildew
Once the water flow has been stopped you will have some time to consider what to do next. Most importantly, if water has overflowed onto the floor, it is a good idea to clean it up before doing anything else. Keep in mind that water from a toilet bowl contains bacteria that can be tracked into other areas of your home. This can ultimately result in the growth of mold and mildew over time. As a final step, consider contacting a professional plumber to get to the source of the problem and make sure that it does not happen again. Contact Cardinal Emergency Plumbing & 24 hour Leak Detection today for plumbing services in Houston.