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Overflowing Toilet – HELP!

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You will at least once in your lifetime, have to deal with a few common toilet plumbing problems, but dealing with an overflowing toilet is definitely not for everyone. You could be lucky and just have water overflowing or you could be dealing with other liquids resurfacing as well. The worst part of dealing with this situation is that if it’s not resolved as soon as possible, you may end up dealing with water damage in other rooms.

The Cause of an Overflowing Toilet

There are a few reasons why your toilet is overflowing, the main reason being due to a clog. There could be an excess of paper lodged in your pipes or someone in the house may have tried to flush something they shouldn’t have. This is often caused by a clogged trap, as water is now unable to reach the drain line.

Other Causes Include

  • Problems with the Toilet Itself

    It happens to the best of us, new or old. You may have a problem with your toilet unit as a whole, rather than a clog. If your unit was installed incorrectly, you will have problems and since all toilets aren’t created equal, you need to take care when hiring a licensed contractor to install your unit. It’s always good to discuss bathroom renovations with your contractor before you purchase your toilet unit, as he will best advise you on a unit that can stand the test of time.

  • The Age of Your Home

    Depending on when your home was built and when last preventative maintenance was done on your home plumbing system, your pipes may have rusted or you may be dealing with a considerable build-up of mineral deposits in your pipes. If your home is surrounded by large leafy green trees, there could also be the possibility of interference from tree roots in your main line.

Your Plan of Action

The minute you realize that you’re dealing with an overflow, ensure that you turn off the water supply to your toilet or bathroom as soon as possible. Immediately call your plumber to resolve the problem, as he will have the necessary experience as well as the necessary tools on hand to quickly and efficiently handle your problem.

Ways to Avoid an Overflowing Toilet

If you don’t want to deal with an overflowing toilet, there are some things that you’ll need to bear in mind.

  • Don’t attempt to flush diapers or other large bulky items.
  • There are alternative ways to dispose of feminine hygiene products; it does not need to be flushed away.
  • Keep anything plastic, such as dental floss, away from your toilet it should not be flushed.
  • Throw napkins or paper towels in the bin, not your toilet bowl.

At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric, we have a wide range of licensed professionals ready to attend to your needs, 24/7. We understand that accidents happen day or night and some things just can’t wait till morning to be resolved. If you ever find yourself dealing with an overflowing toiler, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately – We Can Fix It!


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