What To Do In Case Of An Overflowing Toilet

Few home problems are as likely to cause instant panic as a plumbing emergency. When a plumbing problem threatens your home with flooding and water damage, you need to have repairs done quickly, and done by plumbers you can depend on to arrive on time and fix the trouble before it can worsen.

Ace Pelizon Plumbing is a top resource for emergency plumbing in Whittier, CA and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Not only do we offer 24-hour service 7 days a week, but we specialize in handling all types of emergencies so the work gets done speedily. Our priority is your peace of mind.

Let’s look at one common plumbing emergency and the steps you can take to avoid additional issue: the overflowing toilet. Here’s what you should do if you encounter a toilet that is threatening to flood your bathroom:

  • First, shut off the water to the toilet. The feed line behind the toilet should have a shut-off valve on it. Turn the valve a quarter turn to the right and it will stop the water flow. This should take care of the immediate threat of flooding. As precaution, make sure you know where this valve is ahead of time.
  • Next, see if a standard toilet plunger will fix the issue. Sometimes toilet overflowing occurs because of blockage that a plunger can repair. However, the block may be either too tough, or the overflowing is happening because of a clog elsewhere in the plumbing that will require professional assistance.
    At this point, call for an emergency plumber.
  • Clean up the water that has already overflowed from the toilet. You don’t want to give the water any chance to start seeping into the floor and cause damage that will be difficult to remedy later, such as mold growing under the floorboards. Cleaning up will also remove harmful bacteria that can escape with sewage.
  • Close off the door to the bathroom and make sure everyone in your house knows not to use the toilet in the room. Now wait for the plumbers to arrive.

Depending on the source of the problem, an overflowing toilet may be an easy fix (unclogging) or a complex one (cleaning out the sewer line itself). Professional plumbers will get to the source of the problem and see that you receive the right repair.

Give Ace Pelizon Plumbing a call the next time you need emergency plumbing services in Whittier, CA. We will be there fast and get the job done right.

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