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What If Toilet Starts Overflowing?

If there is one thing you should be able to count on, it is that the toilet should flush properly when you need it to. But life is not fair, toilets clog, and to make matters worse, they can overflow. Preventing raw sewage from spilling over onto your bathroom floor can be failsafe, but only if you know what to do and have the proper tools at arm’s reach. If your toilet is prone to clogs, or if you just want to be prepared for the worst, this emergency protocol is critical.

Stop It at the Source

No matter the cause, if a toilet is overflowing, the most urgent action is to stop the flow of water into the bowl. In many bathrooms, the best place to do this is at the toilet’s main shutoff valve.

You can probably see a water line leading from your bathroom wall to the toilet, as well as a hand-crank valve somewhere along that line. If you don’t see this hardware, it’s possible that your toilet’s valve is hidden behind wall or floor tiles, in which case you should talk to a plumberabout modifications to provide this access. Short of shutting off the main valve to your home, the toilet valve is the only way to fully stop the flow of water!

Closing the valve when an overflow is imminent will stop the bowl from filling and grant all the time you need to clear the clog. But besides accessing it, actually turning the valve can be challenging when it matters most. Since this valve usually stays open, often for years, it can be sticky, and may even rust in an open position.

Be proactive and give your toilet valve a few turns back and forth today. If it’s stubborn, spray it with a little lubricant until it turns freely. Going forward, close and reopen the valve every time you clean your bathroom. It only takes a couple of seconds, and it will help make sure you can close the valve in an emergency.

Get Things Flowing

Once the overflow has been prevented, the final step is to clear the clog. If you have a toilet plunger, preferably one with a toilet flange, that should be your go-to tool. If you don’t have one, pick one up today, a clogged toilet is more a matter of “when” than “if”.

And for clogs that you just can’t clear, or for any other plumbing emergencies, the most failsafe option of all is to contact a licensed plumber.

Benefits of Whole-Home Humidification

Maintaining the most favorable humidity indoors offers several benefits like protected home structures, healthy indoor air quality and improved comfort.

Improved Indoor Air Quality & Health

Dry air offers a sustainable environment for the flu virus and other types of illnesses. With a sore throat and dry nasal passages, people are more vulnerable to infection. Lessen dryness will certainly let you limit several illnesses that are airborne and will definitely help to maintain the overall health over the winter season effortlessly.

Comfort with Ideal Home Humidity

As air is warmed by the heating system, it spreads out and helps to remove moisture, leading to an aggravated throat, itchy eyes, dry skin, and nasal passages. Dry conditions indoor can make it feel colder as moisture and heat are eliminated from the skin more swiftly. With a whole-home humidifier, infusing more moisture into the home’s air helps you feel warmer and eradicates irritation from dryness.

Protected Home Structure & Possessions

Structures, fixtures and Wooden furniture can crack and dry out when the air is too dry. Cabinetry, frames, molding and wood flooring can even distort and split over time. Dry air can also cause static electricity, which can harm delicate electronics. The best possible humidity levels make certain the home is shielded from unnecessary damage related to dry air.

Key Reasons For Leaking Main Water Shut-Off Valve

In case, dripping water from your home’s main water shut-off value has been noticed recently, you probably might be wondering if it is a sign of a larger plumbing issue. Here are a few key reasons that cause leaks in main water shut-off valve.

  1. Usually, the packing nut is responsible for creating a watertight seal where the valve stem connects with the water line. So, if there is a leak at the valve stem, it is most probably the reason that the valve is not shut off properly all the way through.
  2. Once tightened correctly, the packing nut on the main water shut-off valve tends to bind down the “packing material” against the washer so as to seal off the water thoroughly. Over time, though, this packing material can sometimes get disintegrated or harden. If such situation prevails, it will not form a solid seal and will certainly result in leakage.
  3. And, if you are still able to notice the water leakage, this may be the result of a bad washer, which needs to be replaced by taking up the services of professional and licensed plumbers.

It is always recommended to get connected with certified plumbing experts to make sure everything works appropriately!

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