Overflowing toilets are a common household problem that tends to get worse if it is not addressed in a timely manner. In most cases, the underlying reason is a clogged toilet. The problem usually arises when items such as disposable diapers, feminine products, and other paper items are flushed into the toilets. Similarly, solid items that are mistakenly dropped into the toilets can result in clogged toilets.
Whatever the reason though, you need to ensure timely cleanup to maintain hygiene at home. Here are some valuable tips:
Stop the Overflowing Water
Your first step should be to do whatever you can to stop the overflowing water. To do that, wear a pair of boots, walk toward the toilet, and remove the toilet tank lid. At the bottom of the tank, you’ll see a circular, rubber valve. Press it down and lift up the vertical plastic structure called float that’s appended to the spherical rubber object. This should prevent more water from entering the bowl. If you have someone to help, ask them to turn the water valve at the back of the toilet clockwise to shut it off. If you're alone, let go of the float to quickly turn the valve yourself. This will block the water supply.
Clean the Floor
Once the toilet stops overflowing, mop the floor to remove the water and waste that may have piled up. Do your best to ring out the mop into an empty bucket.
Unclog the Toilet
Use a plunger to unclog the toilet before someone else comes in to use it. If the water doesn’t go down the toilet despite several minutes of plunging, try a closet auger.
When using a closet auger, insert and place it in a way that its tip is pointed in the direction of the drain. Push and move the auger as far as it can go in both directions to clear any blockages. Pull it out after a minute or so and do the same practice again. If your toilet doesn’t unclog after several attempts, you need a professional plumber to resolve the issue.
Get Rid of the Mopped Up Waste
If your toilet unclogs, pour the mopped up wastewater into it and flush. Then use bleach to clean the toilet.
Clean and Disinfect the Bucket
Wash the bucket by running hot water onto it. Then use a mixture of 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of bleach to sanitize or disinfect the surfaces of the bucket, rubbing them with a cloth and the bleach solution. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves while cleaning the bucket.
If your water is overflowing, the wastewater may come into contact with the walls, wood furniture or carpets; hence, reach out to a water damage restoration company immediately. S.T.O.P is a great restoration company serving in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Summerlin, and other areas. It can do a tremendous job for you.