Toilet overflow is a not uncommon plumbing issue. When this happens, preventing raw sewage from spilling over onto your bathroom floor is a first priority. Solving the problem that is causing the overflow is an immediate second.
Here are some important steps to follow should if your toilet is overflowing.
Locate the water shut off valve near the base of the toilet
Turn the valve until the water shuts off. This should prevent additional overflow. If your toilet does not have a local shut off valve, open the tank and rig the float to stay in its position – preventing water from refilling the tank.
Clean up water spill
For small amounts of overflow water, a few towels should be able to soak up the mess. Otherwise, a shop-vac can help with larger spills, especially where carpet or other fabrics are involved.
Be sure to wash and disinfect all surfaces that were dampened by the toilet water.