Whether your toilet is draining slowly or it is completely clogged, having your toilet clogged, and overflowing can be a nerve-racking and very messy experience.
Before you call the emergency plumbing service, you can take several steps to stop the overflowing by yourself using simple and yet efficient and proven methods for removing clogs in toilets.
The first thing to do is to turn off the supply of water to the toilet to prevent it from overflowing further.
If you don’t know how to stop the water flow supply to the toilet, remove the top of the tank and then lift the float cup or ball so that the water supply stops.
Then you can shut off the main water supply valve of your home, which is usually located near your water heater, to stop the flow of water in the house.
If you notice that the toilet continues overflowing even after you have shut down the water supply to it, then you should contact your plumber immediately because it is likely caused by a sewage backup which is a serious issue that needs to be handled by a professional.
The plumber should be able to determine whether the sewage backup is due to a problem on your property or whether your municipal septic system needs to be contacted.
In case you have a septic tank, you may need to hire a plumbing company that can flush out the septic tank and your system.
But if the overflow of water stops when you shut the water supply off, then you may try one or both of the following two unclogging methods:
How to Deal with Toilet Overflowing
Plunge it to remove the clog
The first step you should take after you have stopped the water supply to your clogged toilet is to use a regular plunger to try unclogging it mechanically.
If you don’t already own one, it is a good idea to invest in one for any future clogs.
Plungers have a flange on the bottom, which, when extended down into the toilet drain, will create a tight vacuum and seal, which can remove most clogs immediately.
Before you attempt to unclog a toilet with a plunger, remember to put on some rubber gloves and use a bowl cup or other container to remove several inches of the overflowing water. This will help reduce the sloshing and spilling of the water when you are using the plunger.
You can use some old cloths or towels to help soak up any excess water overflowing from the toilet during the unclogging to minimize the mess.
Then, insert the plunger positioning its flange directly into the toilet drain hole. You can ensure that it seals to the drain hole walls tightly by applying some petroleum jelly to the flange’s rim prior to the unclogging.
Once the seal has been created, use vigorous movements to push the plunger up and down in an upright position for about 15-20 seconds. This will force the water and air in the drain to help clear the clog. Remove the object that is clogging the toilet, or if it is organic – flush it away to ensure that the clogging is resolved.
Use a toilet snake
A toilet snake or toilet auger is a long flexible cable that can be inserted deep into the toilet or other drain and can maneuver through tight and twisty turns, which is usually where clogs occur.
The toilet snake is a cable covered with rubber which has a crank on one end and a coiled hook on the other. It is another tool worth investing in as it can be used for unclogging all types of drains at home, including shower and sink drains and toilets.
Once again, use rubber gloves and remove some of the excess water from the overflowing toilet and old towels to help minimize the sloshing and the mess during the unclogging.
Place the hook end of the toilet snake into the drain, and turn the crank clockwise, so it enters the drain. Keep turning the crank until you feel that the toilet snake cannot go any further. This most likely means that you have reached the clog.
Start pulling the snake backward, and once you start feeling a little resistance on the other end, hopefully, this will mean that you have managed to hook the material causing the clog.
Start turning the crank counterclockwise to pull out the material clogging the drain into the toilet bowl. Once it is out, throw it away in the bucket.
If necessary, repeat the process until you are certain that you have removed the entire clog from the overflowing toilet.
Keep fishing out parts of the waste and flush after each attempt to ensure that another clog is prevented.
Once you are done with the unclogging, use hot water and bleach to clean and disinfect your bathroom as well as your plunger or toilet snake.