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4 Things To Do When Your Toilet Is Overflowing

4 Things To Do When Your Toilet Is Overflowing

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Drip, Drip, Drop

Oh no, the sounds of an overflowing toilet. You drop whatever you are doing, and realize that only quick thinking and actions will help you avoid a potential costly mess, or contacting, of course, a reliable skilled plumber.

Here is a quick step-by-set guide to follow if you face this type of dilemma:

Step #1

The first thing to do is to carefully remove the tank’s lid. Find a secure place for the lid but don’t waste time worrying about putting it on a towel. The amount of time you have to solve this watery situation is, at best, minimal.

If any water has spilled onto the floor, clean it up after the problem is solved to avoid additional damage. Disinfect those areas soiled by toilet water.

Step #2

Reach inside the toilet tank (don’t worry - the water in the tank is sanitary) and reach for the flapper valve. The rubber flapper valve is located in the center of tank floor. Cutting its flow will prevent additional water from racing towards the overflow.

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Step #3

With the flapper secured, stop the water from flowing into the tank by lifting the ‘float’ that operates the valve. With the ‘float’ secure, it is best to shut off the water flow with the toilet supply valve which is typically located on the wall behind the toilet or somewhere near the floor. Turn the supply valve in a clockwise direction (Remember: “Righty-Tighty Lefty-Loosey”). If you are unable to reach the valve at the same time you are holding the ‘floater’, let go of the ‘float’ for a moment and shut off the valve as quickly as possible.

Step #4

If all else fails, contact the experts at Dependable Service Plumbing for all of your routine and emergency plumbing services. Or, give Dependable Service Plumbing a call (843-353-0461) for additional information regarding your specific situation. 

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“Senior technician, Joe Anderson, made plumbing repairs to an upstairs bathtub to seal leaks from flooding through kitchen ceiling downstairs. This has been an ongoing serious daily problem in this apartment since April 2015. Mr. Anderson was the first person to have a camera system with him to assess areas where water was accessing kitchen ceiling. He explained in detail what he did and what he found wrong. Water had been flowing from next door apartment whenever they used their shower for over a year now. Mr. Anderson stated he needed to get permission from apartment management office in order to proceed to correct issues in next door apartment. Management has not allowed that access yet. He also noted that a single shower curtain in the apartment next door was on the outside of that tub and felt that could be creating some of the flooding issues. Thank you Mr. Anderson for being my angel and making these repairs.” –-Lyda G.