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4 Steps To Take After a Toilet Overflow

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Plumber in Brookhaven, GA unclogging a toilet with manual auger A toilet auger can be used to dislodge the clog.

Here Are Four Steps To Take After A Toilet Overflow

Water should be considered a major enemy to your Brookhaven, GA home because of the sheer amount of damage it can cause. Sewer damage can be especially alarming, and no one wants to hear the sound of water sloshing to the floor in the bathroom. What should a homeowner do when the water starts gushing over the rim of the toilet bowl? 

1. Turn Off the Water
Shut the water off the moment you sense the toilet might overflow. Most toilets have a water supply valve located on the wall behind the toilet. The valve is generally shaped like a football and is attached to the pipe or hose underneath the toilet tank. Turn the valve clockwise until you can’t turn it anymore. Alternately, you can turn off the main water supply to your home.

2. Plunge the Clog
Once you’ve shut the water off to the toilet, begin plunging the clog. Vigorously push the plunger up and down to clear the clog. It’s wise to place some old towels around the bottom of the toilet to catch any water that may land on the floor. Remember, sewer damage should be considered an emergency situation because of potential bacteria and viruses in the water.

3. Use a Toilet Auger
If a plunger doesn’t work, a toilet auger can be used to dislodge the clog. First, place the hook end of the tool into the drain hole. Next, turn the crank clockwise until it stops. This generally indicates that you’ve reached the cause of the clog. Finally, pull back on the auger and turn the crank counter-clockwise. The pulling and cranking should release the clog.

4. Call Emergency Professionals
If you feel inadequate at performing any of these steps, a professional sewage company can assist you. In fact, it’s wise to enlist the help of professionals who have the right equipment and protective gear to handle sewer damage.
A flooded toilet is an emergency situation that most homeowners will face at some point in their lives. Follow these steps to properly handle a toilet overflow.

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