What to do when you have an overflowing toilet?

So you have an overflowing toilet, huh?  Quick … What’s the first thing you do?  Grab for the closest towel?  Here are some quick tips on how to handle an overflowing toilet in your home:

1. Control the overflow.  Use an old towel, paper towels, or something absorbent to sop up any water that is overflowing.

2. Use a plunger, the plumber’s best friend.  While a plunger might not stop an overflowing toilet 100% of the time, it is usually within arms reach in most households and might just do the trick.

3.  Try using a hanger.  Unfold a metal hanger to form a curved line, put one end of the hanger in the hole at the bottom of the overflowing toilet bowl, and wiggle it around.  This might snag whatever is causing the back up.

4.  Use a plumber’s snake.  Not everyone will have one of these around their house but, if you do, now is the time you’ve been waiting for.  Push the auger as far down the drain as possible and spin the snake as fast as you can.  When you retract the snake, hopefully the water will go down.

If none of these suggestions work or you just can’t settle your stomach enough to brave the overflowing toilet; don’t worry, call The Drain Guys @ (862) 253-2545!  We’re open 24/7 and always here to help!