If you have been to a public toilet, you know how messy and dirty they are. The smell alone from all that backup in the bowl is enough to make you gag and wish that you hadn’t stepped foot inside.
Now imagine having this problem at home. Most people let the clog run its course, thinking that it will eventually get fixed on its own. However, there’s a high possibility that the clog might turn into a huge, stinky mess.
What many people are not aware of is that when the toilet gets clogged, it means that you are dealing with a sewer back up. Slowly, the other toilets in the house will start backing up too and then the problem will reach other areas of the house that are connected to the sewage line. These include sinks, hand basins, showers and laundry tubs.
If lately you have been seeing your toilet bowl flushing slowly or filling up with water too quickly then you need to take a few steps to take care of the problem. Since this can turn into a bigger problem than you expected, call for help immediately. In the meantime, follow the below steps to control the situation:
Gather the Tools
The only two tools that you need to stop a toilet overflow are a toilet auger and a plunger. These are the basic tools, one of which, the plunger you might already have in the house. As for the toilet auger, you can easily buy it from any home depot.
Stop the Water Flow Going into the Bowl
Lift the toilet tank lid carefully and set it aside. Then, reach inside the tank (don’t worry, the tank’s water is completely sanitary) and press down the flapper. The flapper is a piece of rubber that you can easily spot at the bottom of the tank. This will impede the flow of water into the bowl, which will stop it from overflowing.
Tackle the Float
Once the flapper is secured, the next step is to stop the flow of water in the tank. This can be done easily by simply lifting the float that controls the fill valve of the tank. Now that the supply of water is cut off, the bowl will start to empty up slowly. When the water returns back to normal, drop the float and allow the bowl to refill.
Note: This is a temporary fix to stop the toilet bowl from spewing sewage water on floor. This will in no way remove the clog.
Shut Off the Main Valve that Supplies Water to the Toilet
In case the water doesn’t go down in the toilet bowl, you need to shut off the main valve, located behind the toile. Drop the float and quickly turn the valve clockwise. You need to do this fast or water might start spilling from the bowl because the float has been dropped back into place.
Use the Plunger and then the Auger
Apply pressure with the plunger and there’s a possibility that the clog might open, if it is small. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, use the auger. Push down the auger through the bowl hole and put some elbow grease in it. When you feel it connecting with the clog, punch a hole through the clog and then use the plunger to blast out the sewer back up.
Note: Do not put extra pressure on the auger or it might get stuck further down the sewage line. Since the toilet bowl and bathtub are connected, you might see the bathtub backing up next.
If the auger doesn’t work, the toilet needs to be removed to have a clear view of the clog. This is where you need wait for the professional. You have already stopped the water flow, so you don’t have to worry about the toilet bowl overflowing.
STOP Restoration is a cleaning and restoration service that helps with sewage and back up problems. These professionals are equipped to handle any kind of situation and know how to make sure that the hazardous bacteria and microbial growth from such problems don’t spread.