Daily Archives: April 17, 2018

What To Do When The Toilet Overflows

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You can handle most your domestic plumbing problems quite easily. But, you will need a professional emergency plumber to handle any of the bigger problems.

Sometimes plumbing issues can turn into a nightmare. However, 24-hour emergency plumbing service providers in small BC communities will help you with all sorts of plumbing issues. All you need to do is call.

Here is an example of a typical problem that can turn into a plumbing nightmare!

Your toilet is used daily and you need your toilet to flush properly, without fail, all the time. Unfortunately, clogs happen, usually at the most inconvenient times, and worse of all when the toilet starts overflowing all over the place.

Once your toilet does overflow there isn’t much you can do in the way of preventing it other than to turn off the water supply. Here are a few tips to help you get through with as little damage as possible until help arrives.

Stop it at The Source

If your toilet starts overflowing, the immediate action that must be taken is to stop the flow of water coming from the toilet. The first thing you want to do is take the lid off the tank and pull up the lever attached to the handle. That will stop the water flow. Call someone for help if you can and either get them to hold the lever while you turn off the water valve, or if there isn’t anyone there to help then look for the water valve, locate it and then proceed to turn it off as fast as possible.

Where the Valve is Usually Located

You can most likely see the water line from your toilet to the bathroom wall, along with a handle somewhere along the line. If you don’t see it, it could be that your valve is behind a wall or below the floor tiles. If that’s the case you’ll want to talk to a plumber about modifications to gain access. Other than shutting the main water valve to your house off, the toilet valve is the only way to fully stop the flooding.

Because your valve most likely isn’t turned very often, it may be very sticky or rusted making it harder to turn. It’s a good idea to turn the valve once a year to see how well it turns and to know where it is..

If That Doesn’t Work

If your toilet is overflowing and you can’t get the shutoff valve to turn, go back to the toilet tank. Find the float ball because this is the component that floats on the surface of the water and stops the tank from filling at a certain level. If you lift the float ball up the water will shut off. Sometimes the problem is as simple as pushing the stopper back down to the hole at the bottom of the tank. If that is the case then you’ll want to buy a new tank kit.

The Final Countdown

Once the flooding has stopped, the final step is to fix the problem. If it was a clog, use the old true and tested method… a plunger.

If the plunger does not get the clog removed from the toilet, your best option is to contact an emergency plumbing service such as Shamrocks Plumbing  and Heating in Kelowna BC. If you have a flooding incident, call these guys to get everything put back together.

Shamrocks Plumbing and Heating
Phone: (250) 575-8138
1325 Elwyn Rd
Kelowna, BC V1X 5M9