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What Causes Your Toilet to Overflow?

If your toilet overflows, you need a professional sewage backup cleanup crew to clean it because it's too unsanitary to do yourself.

An overflowing toilet can be a pretty stinky situation. The last thing you want to do is deal with your toilet overflowing and water getting all over the place. It’s not only a hassle to clean, but it’s definitely gross. Furthermore, it can also be very unsanitary, which means it needs to be cleaned up properly. Today, we’re going to talk about what causes your toilet to overflow and how professional sewage backup cleanup can help. 

Why Does the Toilet Overflow?

When it comes to why your toilet overflows, there are 3 potential causes that you need to keep an eye on.

  • Your Filler Float is Too High – If the filler float inside of your tank is set too high, this can eventually lead to water filling it to the point of the tank overflowing.
  • Your Drain is Clogged or Blocked – This is a common source of the bowl overflowing. The easy fix for this is to simply grab a plunger and pump the plunger on the drain until the clog is cleared. It’s a basic fix that should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Your Vent Pipe is Blocked – Your vent pipe lets external air get into your system to replace what gets taken out with a flush. Over time, the vent pipe can get clogged, making it more difficult to flush. For this kind of clog, it’s recommended that you hire an expert to come in and clear the clog.

What Should I Do If My Toilet Overflows?

In the case of your toilet overflowing, it could lead to some severe sewage backup. There are a few steps you need to take immediately after a situation like this occurs. First, make sure no one gets near the area until it’s been cleaned up.

Next, if needed, shut off gas, electricity, and water in your home to provide extra safety. Then open the windows to help ventilate the area. Remove any uncontaminated items from the area. From there, you want to add small amounts of bleach to the standing water. This will not only help disinfect the area but keep any germs from spreading. From there, call your insurance company to report the sewage backup, and be sure to provide plenty of pictures of not only the backup itself but any damage to property and items it may have caused for your claim.

Clean Up the Mess with California Steam Clean

If you need sewage backup cleanup in your home, call California Steam Clean 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (707) 755-7190 for your free estimate. Don’t try to deal with the backup on your own. Our team of experts has all the equipment, tools, and training to handle your situation. We’re IICRC Certified, which means that we ensure that you’re getting the highest standards of cleaning and remediation. We not only work fast, but we’ll make sure the job is complete so you don’t have to worry about long-term damage.