We’ve all had plumbing appliances act up every once in a while, but the toilet has got to be one of the worst. Toilet overflows have the potential to cause a great deal of water damage in a very short period of time, and it can be tempting to panic when they happen. Fortunately, if you know what to do you can mitigate a lot of the damage a toilet overflow can cause until your plumber arrives. Read on to find out how.
Find the Water Valve
The first thing you need to do is find the water valve. Most (but not all) toilets include a water valve either on the wall near the base, or on the base itself. Once you’ve located this valve, turn it to the right to shut off the flow of water into the toilet. This is the quickest way to stop a toilet from overflowing.
Of course, not all toilets have the quick and easy solution available to you. If you don’t have a water valve anywhere around the toilet, fear not. You can still stop the system from overflowing, though you will have to get a bit more creative. Lift the top off the water tank and look for the rubber ball-looking thing on the end of a lever. That’s the ball-cock, and it’s responsible for monitoring the level of water in the tank. Lift the ball-cock to shut off the flow of water into the tank. The trouble with this solution is that the ball-cock will just drop back down if you release it, so you’ll need to find a way to secure it in place. Other than that, it should work just fine until your plumber can fix the root of the problem.
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