How to Fix Toilet Overflow Problems

What You'll Need
A Plunger
An Auger
A Wrench
Rubber Gloves

There are a lot of things that can go wrong in a toilet so you have to learn how to fix the toilet to ensure proper workings. The most common toilet problem is when the toilet overflows. There are different cases and situations that can cause the toilet to overflow but usually the main cause is that the sewage drain pipe isn’t large enough (or too much dirty because of timeless use) and thus it clogs easily.

There are various solutions to the overflow problems and they all work to a certain extent but first you have to figure out how much grave is the situation, that is, how much dirty and squelchy is the toilet drain.

Step 1 - Cut Off the Water Supply

The first thing to do is to cut off the water supply to the toilet. Before shutting off the water supply make sure that the flushing is full so that you can flush ate least once to try it out after clearing the drainage pipe.

Step 2 - Use the Plunger

First, start by using the plunger. This is the most common thing to do when you have a toilet overflow problem. If this does the trick, just flush the toilet to check if every thing is in working order and to see if the drainage pipe is really clear.

Step 3 - Use an Auger

If the plunger doesn’t work you will have use a harsher combat plan. The next thing to use is an auger. Insert the spring end of the auger inside the blockage and rotate it until you are certain that the entire auger has been inserted in the toilet. Repeat this to make sure to loosen any left residue. Flush the toilet to check whether the problem has been solved. IF the drain continues to give your trouble it’s a good idea to consult a professional promptly.    

    Another problem which causes the toilet to overflow is the flushing mechanism. The latter problem is solved by lowering the toilet’s flushing floater further in the water bowl.

    Step 1 - Locate the Floater

    Remove the lid on top of your toilet to see the flushing mechanism and trace where the floater is (older models have a rubber ball and new model have a column shaped floater). Once you’ve found it than locate the small clip that controls the height of the floater (in newer models it’s a small switch on the movable column)

    Step 2 - Position the Floater Further Down

    Use the height mechanism so that the floater is positioned lower in the flushing bowl, that is, making sure that the angle bar is lower in the water. If you have a newer model then all you have to do is to move the switch one or two lower so that the column floater rests lower in the water.

    Step 3 - Check Whether the Problem is Solved

    Flush the toilet to check whether the overflow problem has been solved. If the problem still persists repeat the process to lower further the toilet floater. If the problems isn’t solved than you should consult a professional.