Avoid Toilet Repair Disasters
An overflowing toilet is one of the messiest, most inconvenient home disasters you can have happen in your home. It’s something no one wants to have to clean up on your own. Better yet, there are things you can do to prevent it from happening in the first place. A number of things can cause a toilet to overflow. The most typical is that someone flushed something that caused a clog. Another option is that the wax ring at the base of the unit has worn away and is no longer sealing the toilet. Or, you could have a leaky supply line. There are plenty of things that could be happening. When it happens to you, act fast and use these steps to avoid toilet disaster as much as possible.
Step 1: Shut The Water Off Right Away
As soon as you see you need toilet repairs, don’t delay your actions. Shut the water off immediately to stop the leak from continuing. The easiest place is the water valve on the back wall behind your toilet. You could also shut off the main water valve to the house if you need to go that direction.
Step 2: Manage Leak Regions
The leak may be in the bathroom alone, but if it has seeped from one floor to another, get buckets into place to catch any more water that will come down from the disaster.
Step 3: Remove The Water
If you have a small leak, you can use some towels to get the water off the floor. Larger toilet repair issues will cause more water and you might even need professional cleaning. Remove as much of the water as you can to avoid letting it sit around. The longer the water sits around, the worse it is for your home.
Step 4: Get Toilet Repair
For a simple clog, you may be able to clear it with a plunger. If you can see the clogged item, remove it. If there are leaks coming from other parts of the toilet, you may have to move the toilet tank and clean up the debris. When in doubt, get professional help with toilet repair to ensure it’s done properly.
Step 5: Survey The Damage
Once the toilet is in working condition again, you have to figure out what kind of water damage you may have on your hands. A wet/dry vacuum can help you soak up any water on the floors and carpets and you will need to ensure you don’t have any water leftover that can foster mold growth.
Contact Plumbers For Toilet Repair
If you have toilet issues that need attention, it’s better safe than sorry. Contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for help day or night. We’re here to help you avoid the mess by fixing small leaks as they occur. If it’s too late and you already have a disaster, we’ll help with that as well. We want your plumbing to work as well as possible for as long as possible.