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Dealing with Toilet Clogs

Published by 911 Restoration Portland on March 24, 2014 in category: Water Damage Restoration

toilet_overflow_portlandJust about everyone has experienced a clogged toilet in their home at one time or another. The most common cause of a clog is too much stuff in the toilet bowl that will not flush down the hole into the sewer system. Alternatively, low water pressure is another reason for a toilet not flushing properly. Low water pressure that occurs frequently is an indication that something is wrong with a building’s plumbing system or the toilet’s mechanism. Occasional low water pressure may mean that a town’s water system is being repaired somewhere nearby.

Always Have a Toilet Plunger Handy

Most modern toilets are made to only reach the top of the toilet bowl during a clogging situation. If you are a smart homeowner, then you have a plunger located in an easy to access location for this embarrassing situation. In most cases, using a toilet plunger for a minute or two is all it takes to dislodge the clog while it quickly disappears down the hole. However, if you have water combined with waste spilling over the top of the toilet bowl, then faster action is necessary to avoid extensive damage to floors and drywall.

Know How to Shut Off a Toilet’s Water Valve

The most important thing about dealing with a toilet overflow is your safety. The first thing I do in this situation is make sure the floor is not slippery and that no electrical wiring is getting damp. The last thing I want to happen is a dangerous fall or shock while making repairs. My family knows how to turn off the water valve on our toilet when water is spilling over the top of its bowl. This valve is located on the wall near the floor underneath the toilet. With a quick turn of the valve, no more water will flow into the toilet, making it easier to make a repair and clean the mess.

Understand How to Adjust the Toilet’s Flush Ball

An alternative method of dealing with your clogged toilet is removing its tank cover carefully to deal with internal mechanisms. It is important for you to remember that a tank cover is made of breakable porcelain material. To prevent breakage, set the cover on a surface gently to prevent chips and cracks. After removing the cover, you need to lift the flush ball or cup device to make sure it is working properly. Occasionally, this mechanism needs an adjustment to get it back in its proper place to help your toilet flush or stop overflowing.

Contact a Professional Plumber

If the clog continues to prevent the toilet from flushing correctly, then I put on rubber gloves and scoop out the stuff into a bucket for disposal with a trash bag. By removing the clog and turning on the toilet’s water valve, it often flushes properly again. When the toilet overflow problem continues, I contact my favorite professional plumbing company for assistance.

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