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What to Do If Your Toilet Overflows

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

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What to Do If Your Toilet Overflows

Whether it’s caused by something small like a clogged pipe or a larger issue like sewer damage, an overflowing toilet is not something you want to happen in your Whisper Walk,FL, home. Not only is it frustrating, but it can cause damage to your house. If you have a backed-up or overflowing plumbing fixture and don’t know what to do next, keep the following steps in mind.

1. Determine the Cause of the Problem

Because an overflowing toilet can be caused by a variety of things, you will need to determine this so you know the best way to proceed. Some potential causes are a clogged pipe, sewer damage, overgrown tree or plant roots and broken pipes.

2. Move Items From the Area

If the flooded toilet has caused an excessive amount of water to fill the area, then you should move what you can to keep it from being damaged. For items that are already wet, set them aside so that they can dry. You may be able to salvage them.

3. Cleanup and Sanitization

The water coming from a toilet overflow may be contaminated with waste, sewage and bacteria, so it is important to thoroughly sanitize the area once the water has been removed. Gloves and other protective gear should be used during this process. Instead of attempting to clean up on your own, you may want to hire a sewage company to do it for you.

4. Repair Any Damage

When large amounts of water sit for an extended period, they can cause quite a bit of damage, from warping wood to mold growth. If this has happened, it will need to be repaired. If the cause of the overflow is a broken or damaged plumbing system, then your pipes will need to be fixed or replaced as well.
If there is sewer damage or any other type of water damage to your home, you can have it taken care of by a professional cleanup and restoration company. Not only can they locate the source of the problem, but they can also perform repairs on the house and salvage many of your damaged belongings.

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