Tips To Prevent An Overflowing Toilet & How To Stop It

Posted on: 12 February 2015

You do not want to deal with an overflowing toilet, especially when there's waste in it. Toilet water can put your home in danger of water damage, and it could be a hazard to your health. The following guide will help you prevent toilet overflows and also show you how to stop a toilet from overflowing.

Tips To Prevent Your Toilet From Overflowing

The following are some tips that can help you prevent this unsightly issue from happening:

  • Make sure you do not flush toilet paper down your toilet drain
  • Avoid flushing down any other item that isn't bodily waste
  • Have your toilet serviced by your plumber periodically
  • Talk to your plumber about installing a smart valve on your toilet. Smart valves help monitor the water within your toilet, and shut off the water supply if the water rises too much.

You can also try using a natural anti-clogging solution as well.

Try An Unclogging Solution

The solution only requires 2 inexpensive ingredients and is safe for your pipes. You will need baking soda and vinegar. Vinegar's acidic nature helps dissolve some of the grime that might be stuck in your toilet drain. And baking soda is abrasive, so it helps wash away all the grime the vinegar softens. 

You will need the following to make your solution:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 1 medium sized bottle
  • Water

To make your solution, just follow the steps below:

  1. Pour vinegar in your bottle. 
  2. Fill your bottle with water, and shake it up.
  3. Add the baking soda, and blend well. 
  4. Use a few teaspoons of solution before you flush every so often to keep your drains clean. 

Following some of the aforementioned tips should help prevent your toilet from overflowing. But that does not mean it is impossible, so you should be prepared to deal with that, too. 

How to Stop An Overflowing Toilet

The following are a few steps to take to stop your toilet from overflowing:

  1. Turn off the water supply to the toilet. Find the water valve under the bottom side of your bowl. Turn this valve counterclockwise to stop the toilet from overflowing. 
  2. Remove the tank cover, and lift the float cup high enough to stop the water from running over. 
  3. Turn off the water supply to your home completely. The valve is usually located in the basement (or outside) and should tell you how to shut it off. 

Now you can go ahead and call a plumber (such as one from Puget Sound Plumbing) to get your toilet working again.