How To Stop A Toilet From Overflowing

Nothing is worse than one of those unfortunate bathroom incidents. You get up...you flush the toilet...and, after a few seconds, you realize that you don’t hear anything draining. Instead, the water (and its contents) are rising to the top! Sometimes, the water is able to stop before there is any real damage. But, more often than not, this isn’t the case. If the right steps are not taken right away, you unfortunately will end up with a bathroom floor full of water (and waste). Not only is this a pain to clean up, but it also can cause leakage in your floors as well as other potential damage. Continue on, and we will go through some steps that you can take to stop a toilet from overflowing.


Reduce The Water Supply

Your first step of action should be to stop any more water from being dispensed. An easy way to do this is by twisting clockwise (to the right) on your toilet valve. This is usually behind the bottom part of your toilet. You can also push down on the flapper valve. You can find this right inside the tank of your toilet (don’t worry, this water is totally clean). Pushing down on the flapper valve will cut off any more water from being able to enter the toilet bowl.


Stop The Flooding

Now that you have stopped more water from entering your toilet bowl, you can grab onto the toilet tank float ball (see diagram below).

Toilet Tank Blueprint
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You will need to lift up and hold it for about a minute. As you are holding the float ball, you should notice the water level slowly start to dissipate. Once it gets to a better level, you can then let go of the float ball without worrying about the water getting too high.

This works because you are basically “tricking” your toilet into thinking that it doesn’t need anymore water. If the float ball is at the bottom, it means that your tank is empty and needs more water. If it’s at the top, it means that the tank is full. By pulling it up, you are essentially telling your toilet to stop the water supply.


Unclog The Toilet

Now that your water is (hopefully) at a better level, it’s time to grab that plunger and go to town on that toilet! Put the cup of the plunger securely in the drain hole and start pumping. Most of the time, you will only need a couple of pumps before the blockage is expurgated, and your drain can now be emptied properly.

Also, make sure that no other toilets in your house are blocked. This could be a sign of a blockage in your main drain or sewer line which might warrant a call from your local plumber.


What If I Can’t Fix The Blockage Myself?

If you don’t have a plunger, can’t figure out things yourself, or think that there might be a bigger issue, don’t hesitate to call Anacortes Plumbing! We can send one of our trusted technicians over to your house to assess the situation and get things running smoothly as soon as possible. We are one of the top plumbing businesses in the Anacortes area. Our crew can help you with clogged drains, clogged toilets, and water leaks, in addition to several other services. Feel free to call us at (360) 299-3205 for any emergencies, or email us at office@anacortesplumbers.com!