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What to do if Your Toilet is Overflowing

Toilet issues are usually simple enough to solve without the help of a plumber. Sometimes, however, you have a plumbing emergency that only a professional can solve. An overflowing toilet is one of the more panic-inducing plumbing problem that can occur in your bathroom. If and when it happens, though, keep calm. There are steps you can take to mitigate the damage as much as possible before a plumber can fix the problem. Let’s take a look at those steps now.

Turn Off the Water

Most toilets have a water shutoff valve, located either on the wall or near the base. Find that valve and close it by turning to the right. This will stop water from flowing into the system and limit the water damage. If there is no valve, which is sometimes the case, open the top of the toilet and look for the ballcock or plunger. These are responsible for measuring when enough water has entered the tank. Lift that device to accomplish the same thing as closing the valve. You’ll have to rig the device to stay up, but it’ll do in a pinch. Better than water spilling all over the floor, anyway.

Clear the Area

Once the flow of water has been stymied, you should focus on cleaning up the surrounding area. Mopping up the water that has already spilled will limit the damage even further. It will also make the area easier to get to once the plumber arrives. That done, you should call for repairs. That’s about all you can do without professional training, but your plumber can take care of the rest.

If you need to have your toilet repaired, call The Sunny Plumber. We offer a full range of toilet repair services throughout Tucson, AZ.  

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