Ask a Plumber in Cleveland: What Should I Do if My Toilet Overflows?
By admin-mark | July 23, 2013
What should homeowners do if they discover that their toilet has started to overflow? Read on below to see some suggestions from the expert Cleveland plumbers at Pompeii’s Plumbing & Heating. We wanted to help our customers know what to do and not panic if their toilet starts to give them any issues.
Make sure that you follow some of these simple steps in order to remedy the situation.
Turn off the water – Behind your toilet there should be one or two valve handles that you can turn in order to shut off water completely to the toilet. This will stop the water from coming into the toilet and should keep any more water from flowing out onto your floor.
Wait – You can wait a few minutes and take some time to clean up the water on the floor to see if the water level will start to go down.
Plunger – The plunger will help to force the clog further down the line and hopefully clear up any blockages. You can use the plunger multiple times to break up the clog.
Snake – If these methods don’t work, it could be that the clog is further down the pipes and is much more complicated. This is when you should call a professional plumber to snake your drain. They have the equipment and training to be able to clear your drain quickly and effectively, and discover if any underlying problem caused the problem in the first place. If the clog still won’t clear, they can use video camera pipe inspection to look inside your pipes for the cause of the clog.