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What to Do If Your Toilet Is Overflowing

What to Do If Your Toilet Is Overflowing

When your toilet starts overflowing, it’s all too easy to start panicking.

When your toilet starts overflowing, it’s all too easy to start panicking. But instead of running away, what should you do instead? Luckily for you, we have assembled this helpful guide for what to do when your toilet overflows. After all, a flooded bathroom can be one major mess.

Stopping the Toilet Flood

  1. First, you’ll want to remove the lid. Then make sure it won’t get in your way – just remember where you put it! Caution is important, but don’t take too long, because time is vital in this situation.
  2. Then, go into in the toilet’s tank. Find the flapper valve and press down on it. Although this may sound disgusting, the water inside the tank is clean. Look for the piece of rubber at the bottom of the tank, somewhere in the middle. This item is the flapper valve. Pressing down on the flapper valve will prevent more water from reaching the bowl.
  3. After that, find the tank fill valve and cut off the water supply. At this point, the water level should start returning to normal.

Once It’s Not Overflowing

Now that your toilet isn’t overflowing, follow these simple steps to prevent the problem from starting up again:

  1. Avoid using the other toilets or sinks in your home. Also, don’t interact with any other plumbing fixtures for the time being.
  2. Grab a plunger and attempt to undo any blockages you might be able to find.
  3. Figure out where the source of the problem is – you might have to investigate the bathrooms on the upper floors while asking a friend to check out the bathrooms on the lower floors.
  4. If it’s only one toilet with a blockage, you’re in luck. The problem is only with that toilet. But if more than one toilet is blocked, it could point to a systemic issue.
  5. If you’re unable to address the blocked toilet on your own, feel free to call Alpha Plumbing!


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

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