If left unchecked a broken, blocked or leaking toilet is not only an annoyance but it is highly unhygienic. If acted upon fast, you can minimise the chance of other problems occurring and save yourself money in the long run by avoiding the need for jet rodding.
What Causes a Blocked or Overflowing Toilet?
A blocked toilet can simply be caused by foreign objects getting flushed down the basin. These can be things such as; sanitary towels, non-flushable wet wipes or even kids toys. Another cause is a tree root entering the drainage system and finally causing a toilet to block. Old, broken or cracked pipes can also build up rough edges that catch matter as it passes through, eventually causing a pressured build up.
How to Stop An Overflowing Toilet
Sometimes a blocked loo can lead to the nightmare of your toilet overflowing when flushed. Watching that water rise and threatening to spill out over the floor, can be an anxious time but if you know what to do you can minimise damage.
- Turn off the toilets water supply. On most toilets this valve can be found at the base side of the bowel. Turn the valve counter clockwise to turn off the water supply.
- Remove the tank cover and reach inside to press down on the flapper valve. If you cannot locate this, lift up the float ball high enough so the water stops running.
- If the water continues to run, turn off the supply to the house. This is usually located in the basement near the water heater.
- If all fails call your expert plumber right away who can talk you through what to do next.
Why Is My Toilet Leaking?
There is nothing more annoying than trying to relax and all you can hear is the continual, drip, drip, drip from the bathroom. It may start as a drip but could also lead onto a stronger flow of water if not nipped in the bud. Not only is it unsanitary, but the constant stream of water can cause damage to carpets, floorboards and may lead onto other problems.
Your toilet is most likely leaking from two places;
- Leaking from the bottom. This could suggest the wax seal connected to the floor has eroded or become loose. Potentially you may need a new wax seal or the closet bolts around the base may need tightening.
- Leaking from the cistern. This may mean the gasket has corroded away and may need a replacement.