What To Do If Your Toilet Overflows

Everyone has experienced the panic that comes from a toilet’s water level rising to the top of the bowl, and maybe even overflowing onto the bathroom floor. While this can be concerning for many, and the first reaction is often to attempt to flush again, there are a few things that you can try if this occurs. However, the first thing you want to obviously avoid is to flush the toilet a second time as this can make the problem worse. Keep in mind that it is best to stay calm.

First Steps

The first steps that should be taken if your toilet overflow is to turn off the water and probably clean up the mess on the floor enough to work. There are a couple of ways this can be done. The first is to reach behind the toilet and turn off the valve. If there is too much water flowing out and you wish to stop the mess becoming bigger, you can always pull the lid off the tank to lift the float before turning the water off as well. Once you have the water off, you can either take the time to clean up the mess that was made or start figuring out why the toilet overflowed.

The Problem

There are many reasons a toilet may overflow, and if you are familiar with the use of a plunger as well as how to properly use it, feel free to try this. If you don’t have any kids, then plunging the toilet to unclog it may be your silver bullet. However, kids tend to flush things that they shouldn’t, and you may want to take a moment to interrogate the occupants of your home before unclogging your toilet. Has anyone seen the toilet paper roller? When did you last see your keys? If the coast is clear you can always double check by putting your hand in a trash bag and attempt to remove whatever is clogging the toilet with your fingertips before attempting to plunge the problem away.


If you cannot unblock your toilet with a plunger, then it may be time to call in the professionals at Faucet Fix in Ottawa. You cannot be 100% certain of what was flushed, and there is no use risking damage to your toilet. Professional plumbers in Ottawa take care in unclogging and repairing plumbing to prevent damage.

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