Toilet overflows happen to all of us, every now and again, and it’s very tempting to panic when they do. It’s never fun to suddenly have a plumbing appliance malfunction on you, especially one that can have some very damaging, not to mention unsanitary, consequences. Fortunately, there are a couple of immediate steps you can take to prevent your toilet from overflowing while you wait for your plumber. Read on to find out more.

Close the Valve

Most toilets have a water valve, located on the wall or near the base of the bowl. This valve controls all water that flows into the system. Find that valve, and turn it to the right to close it. This should stop the overflow problem temporarily, though the core issue will need to be fixed.

The Ball Cock

Some toilets don’t have a valve that you can open and close to control the water flow, unfortunately. Don’t worry, though, you’re not stuck if you don’t have a valve on your toilet. You’re just going to need to get a bit more involved. Lift the lid off the toilet tank and look for a rubber ball attached to a lever. That’s the ball cock. As the water level in the tank rises, the ball cock floats up with it until it eventually causes the lever to close off the flow of water. This is an automatic process designed to prevent the tank from overflowing every time you flush the toilet. If you lift the ball cock all the way, it should prevent any more water from flowing into the tank just as if you had closed an external valve. This won’t stay on its own, though, so you’ll need to find a way to secure it while you wait for your plumber to fix the core problem.

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