You don't want to deal with an overflowing toilet, but that doesn't mean it won't happen. The following guide will show you what to do to stop your toilet from overflowing should you be in that predicament. And you'll learn a few ways to prevent the issue.
2 Simple Ways To Prevent A Clog
The reason that your toilet might overflow is a clog, so the best thing you can do is prevent those with the following:
1. Baking Soda And Vinegar
Try to empty out your toilet bowl out every month or so; then put some baking soda down the drain. All you need is half a cup of baking soda. You then want to pour two cups of vinegar down the drain. The chemical reaction will help lift or loosen any grim that might be stuck in your drain.
2. Citrus Enzyme
You need to mix the following ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon of yeast
- 1/2 a cup of brown sugar
- 1 liter of water
- 2 cups of lemon scraps or any other citrus
Mix these together in a blender, and then pour the mixture in a clean container with a cap. Let the blend ferment for 2 weeks. Pour the contents into your toilet. The fermenting process creates enzymes that help dissolve organic material like the kind that might be building up in your toilet drain.
You can talk to your plumbing specialist about other things that you can do to prevent clogs from overflowing your toilet, besides regular inspections.
How To Stop An Overflowing Toilet
Consider the following steps in this situation:
- The first thing you need to do is remove the lid from toilet tank, and set it aside. Be sure to do so carefully because it is heavy.
- Press the rubber piece at the bottom of the tank. This piece is called the flapper valve and stops water from continuing to flow into the bowl.
- Lift the float above the water, which should drain your toilet of any excess water. You can let go of the float and valve once the water is controlled.
- Keep an eye on the water just in case it starts coming up again. Shut off the water supply valve at the bottom of the toilet by turning it clockwise if the toilet continues to overflow.
Those are just emergency steps to take to stop the water from overflowing, but this is not a solution; so be sure to call your plumbing specialist (like those at Always On Call Mountain Mechanical) as soon as you can to get to the bottom of this issue.