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How to Stop a Toilet from Overflowing

PlungerClogs are a menace for any bathroom, particular for the toilet where toilet paper or waste can obstruct the pipes. When this type of situation happens, it can send homeowners into a panic and result in damage if the toilet overflows or it does not get the proper repair. Here are a few tips to help you stop a toilet from overflowing:

1. Turn off the water

The first thing you should do is turn off the toilet's water supply, often a valve near the bottom side of the bowl. If you can't find the valve, remove the tank cover and lift the float ball high enough to stop the water from running. If this doesn't work, you will have to turn off the water supply for the house. This will help prevent the problem from getting any worse and give you time to remedy the situation.

2. Plunge it

If there's excess water, use a cup to remove it. Clean water can be poured down the sink, but dirty water should be put in a bucket to be disposed of later. Use a toilet plunger to try to exert pressure on the obstruction and move it further down the plumbing system. If this doesn't work, try using a drain snake to break up or pull out the clog. These tools will help clear most clogs.

3. Bring in a professional

If your toilet is on the verge of overflowing and you can't seem to remove the clog, it's time to call in an expert. Roto-Rooter plumbing professionals have the tools and expertise to deal with the most difficult obstructions and help to clean up to prevent any water damage or mold.

An overflowing toilet can be a handful for homeowners to handle, but by turning off the water and using a plunger or drain snake, they can usually resolve the issue themselves. If you need help dealing with a clogged or overflowing toilet, call your local Clearwater Roto-Rooter plumbing professional today.

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