The first thing to do, or rather not do, when your toilet overflows is
panic. Take a breath and focus. There are steps you can take to stop the
flow and make sure it does not happen again. Usually, the problem lies
within the toilet. In order to figure out what is wrong, it is important
to understand what a toilet consists of.
A toilet has five primary parts. Lift the lid and identify the following:
- Flush lever
- Rubber flapper (device at the bottom that stops the water from flowing
into the bowl)
- Water pump
- Float (the round object that moves with the water level and alerts the
pump when to fill)
- Overflow tube
Once you have identified all the objects, you can check to make sure they
are all performing properly. If you are hesitant to put your hand in a
toilet tank, don’t worry. The water in there is clean and safe to
touch. Of course, like many things, make sure to wash your hands afterwards!
Turn Off the Water Source
Before trying to figure out what is wrong with the toilet, we suggest shutting
off the water source. You can do this by turning the silver knob at the
back of the toilet.
Problems with the Chain
One common problem that causes toilets to overflow is a problem with the
chain. Jiggle the flush lever to see if the chain is too long or short.
If it is too short, it will tug the flapper even when the flush lever
is not pushed. If it is too long, it will interfere with the flapper opening
on time. If you do have a problem with the chain, you can simply replace
it with another aluminum ball chain that is the appropriate length.
Flapper Not Working
You can check on the flapper by flushing to drain the water and then unhooking
the flapper from its chain. Remove the object to check to see if it has
been warped or if there is dirt buildup on it. If the device is warped,
you should buy a new one to replace it. If there is dirt preventing it
from working properly, simply try cleaning it off.
Call an Experienced Plumber
If you have tried fixing the problem yourself and your toilet still doesn’t
work properly, it may be time to call for help. The knowledgeable plumbing
team at Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling is ready to help with all
of your toilet needs. Call us at 317-399-5665, day or night, to schedule