There is always that sinking feeling of doom when you peer into the toilet after flushing it only to see the water rise instead of fall. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, it has happened to all of us.
Your Emergency Plumber In Los Angeles And Clogged Toilets
It’s not an uncommon plumbing problem and it always happens at the worst time. It is a problem that might not require a call to your plumber. That’s the good news. However, unless you want an inch of water on your bathroom floor, you need to jump into action right away.
American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers you the steps you need to take when your toilet overflows.
TURN OFF THE WATER
Now is not the time to panic, or reach for the phone to call a plumber, that can happen later. The first thing you want to do is turn off the water to the toilet. Most toilet supply lines have a handle on them. All you need to do is locate the supply line, which is usually right behind the toilet, and turn the valve.
Once the water is off, there is no longer the threat of flooding.
If you cannot turn the water off, lift the top lid off of the tank and pull up on the float, this should stop the flow of water.
If any water did spill onto the floor, it needs to be cleaned up immediately. Remember that the water is contaminated as it is full of waste. Soaking the water up is only the first step as everything will also need to be sanitized.
GRAB THE PLUNGER
Once you have the flooding under control and the floor cleaned up, it’s time to figure out the problem. The first step is to use a plunger and see if that dislodges the object causing the clog.
In many cases, this will solve your problem. If the clog is especially stubborn or deep, you might need to use a snake. If you don’t have a snake or don’t know how to use one, you can give us a call.
If you are not able to find the problem, you will have to give us a call. An overflowing toilet could be a sign of a larger plumbing problem. It could also be a clog that is just too far for you to reach with a store-bought snake.
PREVENTING FUTURE OVERFLOWS
The best way to prevent a toilet overflow is to use it only as intended. You will want to only flush human waste and toilet paper. Keep a trash can in your bathroom for other items including diapers, soap, baby wipes and facial tissue as these items should never be flushed down the toilet.
You should also avoid flushable wipes. While they do dissolve in water, they take much longer to break down and can cause clogs. And remember that you should never pour grease, oil or shaving cream into the toilet.
CHOOSE AMERICAN DRAIN COMPANY TODAY
American Drain Company is your go-to drain specialist throughout the Los Angeles area. When you have a clogged toilet or sink, our expert licensed plumbers can help. With years of experience, we can get to the root (pardon the pun) of your problem straight away. We use camera inspections so we can see exactly what is going on in your drains. Our mission is to clear your clogs for good and quickly, so you can get on with your day. If you are in need of expert drain help or you have a clogged toilet, call American Drain Company today!