You’ve got the best new toilet in your bathroom, and you had talented Essex bathroom fitters on hand to install the work. But your toilet might start overflowing after a while.Even the best toilets that Essex bathroom fitters can support can overflow. The overflow can come from the tank or bowl, and it can be an annoyance regardless of where it comes from. But you can keep toilet overflowing from being a threat if you use the right steps for controlling the issue.
Why Is the Toilet Overflowing?
There are many good reasons why a toilet might start to overflow:
- There might be a blocked or clogged drain. You’ll notice this when the toilet overflows from the bowl.
- A vent pipe may also experience a blockage. The toilet’s vent pipe will move outside air into the plumbing setup, replacing the air you pump with each flush. A blocked pipe will keep the toilet from flushing well, causing an overflow from the tank.
- The filler float inside the tank might become too high. The filler float or refill tube will dictate how high up the toilet tank will fill after each flush. An improperly-managed float or tube will cause the toilet to take in more water, leading to leakage on the sides.
Take note of the issue causing the toilet to overflow. You can pinpoint the problem and find a better solution when you know what’s happening.
Stop the Water First
You’ll need to stop the water inside your toilet before fixing the issue. You can use a few steps to resolve the concern:
- Close the flapper in the tank. The flapper covers an opening that leads to the bowl. Closing the flapper keeps water from leaving the tank.
- Lift the filler float or refill tube to shut off the water.
- Shut off the water valve on the toilet’s bottom end to keep water from moving towards the toilet. This is the last option to consider if the first two points fail, as a water valve might be tough to turn.
Use a Plunger
A plunger may be necessary if there’s a substantial blockage in the drain. Here are some steps for how to properly use your plunger in your toilet:
- Keep the plunger head fully immersed in the water. The head should also completely cover the drain.
- Pump the head up and down as effectively as possible. You should start to notice the water going down a little further.
- Flush the toilet when the water level gets to where the plunger head is no longer fully immersed.
- Pump the plunger once again and then flush once more to see that the toilet is fully functional.
Check the Vent
Watch for how the vent functions at this point. Check on how well the vent is aligned and that there is no leakage coming from the attached vent. You can contact a bathroom fitter for extra help if you are uncertain about how this is working.
Resetting the Toilet
You can reset your toilet after the overflowing issue appears to be resolved. Be sure to fit the filler float or tube in the right spot in the middle of the tank. Don’t forget to watch the flapper and to keep it open.