The experience of watching water flow over your toilet can be very distressing but when you learn to fix this problem, you will be prepared without any fear to control the situation. This overflow is mostly caused by clogs or errors in the tank float system, when the water channels are not properly arranged during the first set up, it might cause problem in the future. When this flow begins to happen, the recommended action is to stop the actual flow, before considering shutting down the underlying outlet, so as to prevent likely occurrences in future.
As the overflow continues, it's important you immediately prevent further supply of water by turning off the valve at the base of the tank. There are some toilet systems that have valves located beneath the bowl, you can spin the valve to the anticlockwise direction to stop water circulation. But if you can't locate the valve, continue to look for a way to shut off the supply from the tank, the tank regulator is usually located at the bottom, but if it's not functioning or its frozen then take off the lid and lift up the cup so that some other person can turn it off at the main supply.
If you take out the tank lid and raise the float cup, you will realize that the running water will stop. But if it persists, then disconnect every other water supply linked to the house. If you have trouble locating the supply, you can try the basement, just very close to the heater; you should be able to see the knob or valve. Begin to rotate the knob until the water stops to flow. Closing up every water supply tackles the immediate trouble of having water everywhere, that's if it's a clog problem but not a sewer issue.
Use a pair of glovesTo scoop the water out of the toilet bowl, you need to put on a rubber glove, and with a bucket or cup carefully scoop the water out of the bowl, if the water is clean enough, you can pour it into the sink, but if it isn't, save it in the bucket and pour it right back into the toilet. After fixing the problem, then re-flush back to ensure all dirt are safely removed. To remove the clog from the toilet hole, use a rubber cup of the toilet plunger to place within the middle of the toilet hole, gently press it down to initiate downward pressure, continue increasing the speed and as you continue, the plunger will detach every accumulated particles, then water will begin to flow back again. You can equally remove clog using a toilet auger, especially clogs that can't be removed with a plunger. You can do this by plugging in the tube end of the auger to the toilet hole, ensure you plug in deep enough and on the opposite side of the auger, apply pressure so that the portion of congestion can be freed as you turn the auger round same time. When the jams have been removed successfully, you can pull out the auger.
To prevent the tank sector of the toilet from spilling over you can rearrange the float pattern of your toilet system. Also make sure that there is no twist chain round the tank, if there is, ensure its straightened.
Contact a plumber to if the flow is chronic so that he can tackle the outside plumbing vents, because if there is a congestion at the outside vent, it can cause an overflow of tank and that will affect the inside as well.
Tools You Will Need
- A pair of rubber gloves - A toilet plunger - And a an auger
If your toilet is always affected by clog, consider using a one ply toilet paper.
Frequent toilet overflows can be as a result of sewer backing. This is a major, filthy water damage and very unsafe for habitation. It can lead to sickness or death. If you are confronted with such problem, please quickly reach out to a professional water damage restoration service for help. If your problem is related to septic tank, then get a plumber to service your system, this will help you live safe, stay on the alert mode and never hesitate on issues like this.