Keeping a Toilet from Overflowing

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A few simple steps can help you prevent the disastrous toilet overflow event. This is a page about keeping a toilet from overflowing.


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If a toilet you used starts to overfill with water and you fear it will overflow, first take the back, top lid off and push the rubber stopper down over the open hole.

If you need to, turn off the water (cut off knob is usually low in back or on the side of the toilet bowl) to prevent more water coming into the bowl.

If there is no plunger available, then with a bucket (or even a waste basket) fill up the hottest water you can get (from the sink or shower if need be.) Pour it carefully into the bowl. You may need to wait a bit but it will break down the fat in the 'clog'. If it doesn't you can add some liquid hand soap from the sink, or dish detergent or even shampoo into the bowl.

Let it sit and wait a bit for it to help break down the fats, then flush away!

Source: These are a plumbers suggestions and they work!

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July 5, 20160 found this helpful
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That's a nifty idea. I always go for the cut off valve but I can't always turn it shut fast enough.


i think taking the tank lid off and pushing the stopper down is faster and easier to get to. Thanks!!

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

After raising a son who managed to overflow toilets constantly, I got into the habit of plunging the toilet before anyone used it. It was a pain at first, but then became a habit and no more clogged toilets.

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