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MOLD ACTION GUIDE - WHAT TO DO ABOUT MOLD
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PAINTS & COATINGS ODORS IN BUILDINGS
RENTERS & TENANTS GUIDE TO INDOOR HAZARDS
ROT, TIMBER ASSESSMENT
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SEPTIC BACKUP REPAIR
METHANE GAS HAZARDS
SEPTIC & CESSPOOL SAFETY
SEWAGE CONTAMINATION in BUILDINGS
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VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
VOCs VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
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WATER BARRIERS, EXTERIOR BUILDING
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How to stop a toilet from overflowing: this article describes simple and quick steps you can take to stop an overflowing toilet or a toilet whose bowl is filling and that is about to overflow. Our unpleasant page top photo illustrates the problem with which you may be confronted, often alone, perhaps just after having used the toilet.
Here we explain that quickly lifting the toilet tank lid and taking one or two simple steps can avoid a messy toilet overflow catastrophe.
We also explain how to prevent a septic or sewer system backup during heavy use of a private septic tank and system.
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Reach inside the toilet and push down the flapper valve that is letting the tank empty water into the toilet bowl - this will stop water from entering the toilet and if you're quick enough, prevent sewage from overflowing onto the floor.
If the water level in the toilet bowl is dropping slowly, keep holding the toilet tank float up in its highest position so that water stops flowing into the tank and into the toilet bowl.
Wait a minute - if in the next minute or two the water level in the toilet bowl slowly drops down to a normal level, you'll be able to release the toilet tank float and let the tank and toilet bowl refill without danger of overflowing onto the floor.
If the toilet supply valve is hard to turn do not force it - it could break and give a terrible supply leak on top of your blocked drain problems.
The photo shows us directing the bowl-fill tube water into the toile tank instead.
Once the toilet tank has filled you can clip this tube back in place where as shown in the photo before this one.
OK so You Prevented the Toilet From Overflowing onto the Floor, What Next:
If you have had sewage back up and spill out of toilets into the building, cleanup is needed and you may face bacterial hazards. See SEWAGE CONTAMINATION IN buildings for advice.
Why Does the Septic or Sewer System Back Up During a Party?
The photo shows sewage water backing up into a bath tub. This is what can happen at bottom floor fixtures in a home when the main drain is blocked or the septic system is blocked and you keep flushing toilets or running fixtures at upper floors. Don't do this.
Septic systems seem to fail during a party because the septic system was already in trouble, but our usage was modest enough that we just weren't noticing it.
The surge of waste water entering the septic tank cannot flow into a flooded drainfield so sewage may back up into the home, usually at the lowest plumbing fixture. Sometimes it's not the wastewater surge but someone flushing something down a toilet that blocks a drain - that's a problem that can be cleared by a plumber using a plumbing snake or drain router. But often the problem is in the septic field itself.
See BLOCKED DRAIN REPAIR METHODS to try clearing your blocked drain before going to more drastic measures.
Readers should see CAMPING & EMERGENCY TOILETS and also see TOILET ALTERNATIVES, WATERLESS for a discussion of camping toilets, chemical toilets, emergency-use toilets, waterless toilets, graywater systems, composting toilets, home health care toilets, incinerating toilets, outhouses, and latrines.
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