You would be surprised by how many people suffer from toilets overflowing every day. It can be frustrating and sometimes a little scary not to have a functioning bathroom. Learn why your toilet might be overflowing, what to do when it happens, and when it’s time to call the professionals for help.
Why Is My Toilet Overflowing for No Reason?
Overflowing toilets are a common problem. While it might seem like your toilet is not clogged, there’s almost always a blockage somewhere. You might even have a clog you can’t see in the nearby pipes. Often, this is because of overused toilet paper. You could also have a blocked plumbing vent outside, sewer line issues, or a full septic tank.
How to Identify the Cause of an Overflowing Toilet
Identifying the cause of an overflowing toilet can be tricky. If you have a blocked vent or sewage issue, special equipment will be required to determine the cause and clear the blockage. Generally speaking, if the steps to clear a basic blockage don’t work, it’s best to call in the pros. A professional plumber will have the tools to diagnose the issue.
How to Fix It: Step by Step
So, what are the basic steps to clear a blockage? If the issue is in the toilet or nearby pipes, the process is simple and fairly easy. Just take it step by step.
1. Turn off the water: You don’t want your toilet refilling and splashing all over the place while you’re trying to clear the clog. So shut off the valve behind the toilet or open the tank and rig the float to stay open. In doing this, the toilet tank won’t refill.
2. Remove Excess Water: Use a wet-dry vac, cup, or bucket to get the excess water out. It’s best to wear sturdy rubber gloves, safety glasses, and a mask for this part.
3. Clean up Spills and Debris: Be sure to clean up any spills right away. They and any solid debris left in the bowl can be hazardous. Dispose of anything you can clean up properly and be mindful of bacteria. Again, it’s best to wear sturdy rubber gloves and safety glasses to protect yourself. A mask may also be a good idea.
4. Plunge It: Get a good bathroom plunger and go to work. Most toilets overflow due to a blockage that simple hard work and elbow grease can take care of. As a result, you might have to pull foreign matter loose. Remember to keep your safety gear on for this part.
5. Test It Out: Test the toilet to see if it’s working. If not, repeat the process a few times. If it still doesn’t work, you have a bigger problem.
Whatever you do, never use a chemical drain cleaner in your toilet. It can damage your pipes, and if you have a septic tank, it can destroy the good bacteria needed to work.
When to Bring in the Professionals
If the above methods don’t work, it’s time to bring in the pros. Our professionals have the skills and equipment to identify and clear just about any plumbing problem you have.
Contact Sin City Plumbing today to learn more!