How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

It happens from time to time…your toilet overflows. When this happens, it can cause a huge mess. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your toilet from overflowing and causing too much damage. But if it is severe enough, you may need to call plumbers in Tempe to manage the tense situation

Why Does a Toilet Overflow?

First, let’s explore why a toilet can overflow in the first place. Blockages prevent water and waste from going down the toilet smoothly when flushing. The back-up causes clean water and waste to overflow the toilet. 

It is quite simple…a clog in the drain will trap the water from going down, so it can only go up and overflow! 

What Do You Do?

When your toilet starts to overflow, don’t panic! Try using a plunger first. Be sure to wear gloves and try to dislodge the block with the plunger. 

If that doesn’t work, you might need to try a toilet auger to fish out any foreign objects that are causing the blockage. 

When all else fails, turn off the toilet water supply. The line is near the bottom side and has the valve to do this. Turn counterclockwise to turn off. You might need to remove the tank cover and lift it high enough for the float cup or float ball to stop the water running. 

If the toilet is still running after all of this, you might need to resort to turning off the water supply to your home. Usually located near the water heater. 

Calling a Professional

There are going to be times when you are unable to fix your overflowing toilet on your own. This is where the professional plumbers at Rainforest Plumbing and Air can help. Serving Phoenix and surrounding areas in Arizona, Rainforest Plumbing and Air will be there when you need them for any plumbing and HVAC needs. This includes preventative maintenance, reactive maintenance, residential or commercial. Even if it is in the middle of the night, Rainforest will be there to fix it as we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mike from has been a long-time customer of Rainforest, saying that you can always rely on them to help you out in a plumbing jam. 

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