toilet overflow

An overflowing toilet can cause water damage to your home—and we don’t mean just a little problem in one bathroom, we mean the potential for thousands and thousands of dollars of damage. Probably around 30% of all toilet problems start with a clogged toilet. So what can you do if you find that your toilet is clogged? Here are some suggestions from us here at Duckstein Restoration:

  1. Do NOT flush the toilet again. Or again and again. Flushing it to “see if it will eventually go down” may worsen the problem significantly.
  2. Check the float—if you think it may be a clogged toilet, adjust the float to make sure that it’s not an adjustment that’s required.
  3. Plunge the toilet. If you don’t have a plunger, get one and keep it in the bathroom—every home should have one.
  4. If the water is actively overflowing, turn off the water immediately. You can do so at the valve behind the toilet, or even shut off the main water line to the home.
  5. If you can’t easily figure out what the problem is, call a plumber. If you can’t figure out the problem and you have water damage (water that has seeped through the floors, for instance), call a restoration company. We can help handle the plumbing and water damage at the same time.

Remember, any water that has human waste materials in it is potentially dangerous and should only be cleaned up by a professional restoration company. It’s not the most glamorous work, for sure, but it’s something you should call us to handle—we don’t have any judgments, and you’d be surprised to see how many times we’ve gotten calls about toilets and waste flooding a bathroom.


Henry Duckstein Jr.


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