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What Should You Do When Your Toilet Overflows?

What Should You Do When Your Toilet Overflows?

Clogged toilets are an unfortunate but all too common experience for homeowners. Not only can it cause major inconvenience and embarrassment if guests come over, but a clogged toilet could quickly escalate to overflowing, potentially resulting in water damage to floors and ceilings. Therefore, acting quickly and efficiently is key to minimizing loss and eliminating potential health hazards. These steps are easy to follow, and if you find you need a qualified plumber due to the situation being more serious, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing immediately.

Shut Off the Water Supply

When you find yourself in this situation, you first need to turn off the water supply to your toilet. Normally, this shutoff valve is located behind or near the toilet, preventing further water from overflowing into the bowl. If you cannot locate this valve, or if it does not stop any flow of water, please call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for assistance.


Next, attempt to unclog the toilet. If you have a plunger handy, now is the time to use it. Make sure the plunger's rubber cup is fully submerged in water to create an effective seal around the toilet's opening. Push and pull vigorously for several minutes at a time, creating suction that should loosen and move any blockages. When water levels start receding again, flush once more until all are cleared.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If the plunger doesn't work, it's time to call a plumber. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is one of the best companies in the industry regarding clogged toilet repair and can assist you effectively and efficiently. In addition to possessing all the necessary tools and experience, our technicians possess all the expertise to diagnose and resolve any blockage on any toilet, no matter how severe.

Monitor What Gets Flushed

One of the most common causes of a clogged toilet is using too much toilet paper or flushing non-degradable items such as wipes, feminine products, or paper towels down the toilet. These items accumulate over time, eventually creating an obstruction requiring professional clearing. While some over-the-counter drain cleaners may seem like an easy fix, they may cause more harm to your plumbing system, so it's best to avoid using them. Instead, trust a licensed and trained plumber like Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a safe and effective solution.


Mr. Rooter Plumbing not only unclogs your toilet, but they can also inspect the plumbing system to identify the cause of the blockage and any potential issues. This includes checking the sewer line, finding leaks, or assessing the damage that needs repair. Our technicians use advanced technology like video camera inspections to identify and diagnose issues quickly and precisely - saving time and money!

Mr. Rooter Plumbing provides prompt and professional clogged toilet repair service with fully licensed technicians who have undergone extensive training to give you the highest quality results. We understand that a clogged toilet can be an emergency, so we offer emergency services so we are available when you need us most.