Have you ever watched a movie and knew something horrible was going to happen and all you could do was sit there anxiously as the actors get devoured by a giant crocodile monster? Congratulations, you know exactly what it feels like when you look down at your toilet and see it teetering on the edge of overflowing. Don’t be a victim of the crocodile monster and stop that toilet from overflowing with some quick thinking.
The Valve – Time is of the Essence
You only have a few precious seconds to prevent your number 2 from doing a number on your bathroom floor. When you flush the toilet, the water goes down the pipe and new water fills the toilet. When there is a clog and there’s nowhere for that water to go, it starts filling up the bowl. Eventually, it’s going to over flow unless you turn the water off.
As you stand there staring at the toilet, you can practically here the Mission Impossible music in the background. It’s time to get your Ethan Hunt on, stop that water and save your bathroom. Every toilet has a valve that controls the water flow. All you have to do is twist the valve and the water stops. You can now work on the clog at your leisure…but it’s never that simple.
The water control valve can sit idle for years without being moved. When you try to move it, it could be stuck or even rusted. It’s usually a good idea to move the valve a couple times a year just to keep it loose.
Take it to the Tank
If you can’t get the valve to move, then you’re going to have to take the fight to the toilet’s water tank. Take off the porcelain top and prepare to diffuse the situation. Before you flush, the tank is filled with water. When you lift the flusher, it pulls up a rubber stopper called the flapper that allows the tank water to flow into the toilet bowl.
As the water flows out of the tank, water from the main water line starts coming in to help finish the flush and refill the tank. If you want to stop the flow of water, first manually replace the stopper so no more water enters the toilet bowl.
If you can’t get the flapper to close or create a seal, then you’ll need to stop the water coming into the tank. The water is controlled by a large plastic ball called the floater. As the tank fills with water, it raises the floater until it reaches a certain point and stops. Grab the floater and lift it until the water stops and then prop something under it to keep it at that level.
With the overflow contained, start working on the clog…or call us and we’ll take care of it.