Why Is My Toilet Overflowing?
There is basically nothing worse than watching your toilet start overflowing – except maybe having to clean it up after. Once this problem becomes a frequent problem, it’s generally not your fault but due to a larger failure of your plumbing or sewer system.
First things first, turn the shutoff valve supplying water to your toilet tank if you can. Lift the lid of the tank and raise the float rod or push down the flapper in order to stop water from flowing into the tank. If you have any raw sewage water, wear something to protect your feet and try to secure the area.
There are four main causes of toilet overflow: a clog, a fault in your sewer line or septic system, a low-flow or aging toilet.
A Clog Cleared
If your toilet occasionally overflows – this is the most likely problem. The main sign of this is an immediate overflow after flushing. Use a plunger or pipe snake to clear your clog and you can move on with your day!
A Faulty Sewer Line
This is a clog in your lines that run from your home to the city sewer. If you flushed something funky or have a treelined property, your pipes could be clogged with a foreign object or a tree root.
A Septic Nightmare
If you have a septic tank, you’ve probably dealt with issues like this. You’ll need an expert to take a look immediately.
A Toilet Tantrum
Both low-flow and older thrones are easily clogged. Even something as simple as flushing too much toilet paper can lead to disaster. It is important to be aware and warn guests of your temperamental toilet to avoid frequent overflows.
If you think your problem needs some experts – here at Reichelt, we have 25 years worth of experience throughout South Cook County and Northwest Indiana. Call (219) 322-4906 today!