What Do I Do if My Toilet Overflows?
- Adjust the float. If the toilet is overflowing not because of a blockage, then it could be that a simple float adjustment could save you from an overflow and toilet water damage. Lower or raise the float until the desired bowl fill level is reached.
- Don’t flush again. If your toilet is definitely clogged, avoid the temptation to keep flushing the toilet to see if the waste will go away.
- Try a plunger. If the toilet is clogged but not spilling water onto your bathroom floor, try dislodging the clog with a plunger.
- Turn off the water – pronto. If your toilet bowl is overflowing, then your first step should always be to turn off the water supply to your toilet. This knob is usually located on the wall near the base of the toilet, below the tank.
- Call a professional plumber to fix the problem.
- Call a Select Restoration immediatly to safely clean up any toilet water damage.
“One of the biggest problems we see as a water damage company is people underestimating the nature of their loss. That is definitely true when we talk about toilet overflows. Again, all of the above are difficult (almost impossible) to diagnose without the proper equipment. “
As with any water loss, the first thing we will do upon arriving at your property is assess the full scope of the damage. This isn’t as easy as you might suspect, given most of the water damage won’t be visible by the human eye (or even feeling for dampness). Let’s assume for the sake of this article the damage happened in a second floor bathroom with one wall of the bathroom being an exterior wall. For most people, they just assume that the water traveled along their second story floor, so it’s as simple as mopping up the water and laying down some fans. Sadly, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Dangers of Toilet Overflow
An overflowing toilet presents a myriad of dangers to your property and the people in it. Since this water is moderately to highly contaminated, it’s very important that you contact an expert to deal with it right away. Here are the risks you’re running if you don’t apply toilet overflow cleanup and restoration services promptly:
- Damage to permanent parts of your structure – When contaminated water seeps into places that are supposed to stay dry, it can cause significant damage to wood and metal parts of a building. Wood that’s constantly damp can attract pests and become brittle and also form cracks or flake off. It can also absorb and retain the odor of contaminated water. Metals, on the other hand, are susceptible to corrosion. With contaminated water, the rusting process tends to go faster. This weakens iron components of your structure and compromises its overall stability.
- Mold growth – This common, but harmful group of fungi loves to grow on damp surfaces where organic matter can sustain it. Toilet water-flooded property satisfies these simple conditions, allowing mold to form colonies on drywall, wallpaper, wood and other surfaces. Mold and its spores have been associated with skin and respiratory irritation. In worst case scenarios, mold can produce mycotoxins that can cause neurological disorders.
- Contamination of clean water – Having the contaminated floodwater find its way into places where clean water is stored can result in very serious health consequences. Bacteria can make people very ill and even when they’re not ingested, microbes can cause skin diseases.
- Ruined floor covers – Carpets and rugs are not meant to be under heavy water exposure. Water tends to weaken the latex that holds their backings together, making them susceptible to rips, tears and delamination. Black water usually renders carpets unfit for use, but with proper restoration methods applied, there’s a good chance they can be salvaged.
- Appliance Damages – Water can destroy appliances and gadgets from within when it makes contact with sensitive components. In industrial and commercial spaces, expensive machinery could also be damaged by water.
- Electrical hazard creation – When floodwater makes contact with your electrical wiring and outlets, the situation can get very dangerous, If you see water anywhere close to sockets and wires, move everyone out to safety to avoid electrocution.
- Fire hazard creation – Infinitely tied to water making contact with electrical channels is the threat of fire. Water short circuits electrical systems, creating sparks that can ignite nearby combustibles.
Of all the things that can go wrong in a household, an indoor flood caused by a toilet overflow is one of the last things you’ll ever want to deal with. Water intrusion in your living space is bad enough. It can weaken wood, corrode metals, ruin carpets and trigger mold growth. But when that water is highly unsanitary, the risks increase and the potential for damage becomes even greater.
Although it is possible for you to clean up an overflowed toilet on your own, there are times when calling a professional is the best step to take. Even if you’re able to clear the clog on your own, it’s easy to leave water and bacteria behind, and it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
The experts at Select Restoration have the expertise and equipment necessary to get your home back to its original state after any water damage or flood situation. Reach out to us and we’ll get started today. CALL NOW 586-791-3900