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What To Do for a Flooded Toilet

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss in a Las Vegas, NV bathroom

In busy Las Vegas, NV, there are few more disruptive tasks than having to clean a toilet overflow at home. Bathroom-goers rarely plan for sewer damage when they enter the facilities, yet most will encounter a flooded toilet at some point in their lifetime. After the initial panic rests, here is what to do in the face of unexpected plumbing issues.

Cut Off the Water Supply

Regardless of where the problem is coming from or the extent of sewer damage, a solution will be difficult to find without first bringing flowing water to a halt. This can be done in one of three ways:

  • Open the toilet tank and raise the floating cup. This action simulates a full tank and signals the system to stop flowing.
  • Turn the toilet tap into an “off” position. The valve to do this is usually behind the toilet and below the tank.
  • If all else fails, shut off the main water supply to the residence. The valve for this is normally in the basement.

Find and Fix the Problem

With water stopped and protective barriers in place, it is safe to explore the sewer damage to uncover a solution. A superficial clot can be remedied with a simple plunger or coil. Be sure to scoop excess water into a separate container before attempting to remove a clog with any tools. Plungers work to suck blockages out from the entrance of the bowl, while a coil can be inserted deeper into the toilet pipes to remove more stubborn roadblocks.

If the problem is still out of reach, it may be time to call in professionals. A water damage repair or sewage company is best equipped to handle severe or recurring cases of overflow, as this could indicate a more serious backup. Their professionals can perform a full plumbing assessment and take care to rid all mess and germs.

No matter when a flooded toilet occurs, a solution is within reach. Keep calm and follow the simple tips above to get back on dry land.

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