If you’re a homeowner, it is certain that you’ll have to deal with a toilet problem sooner or later. Even though, all of us use this very important fixture in our home everyday, a lot of people are terrified of having to deal with toilet repairs. And among the things that most people avoid is cleaning up an overflowing toilet.
Sewage backup often occurs when there’s a clog or break in the sewer or septic system. Sewage water goes back up to any low drain points in your home. In addition to toilets, your tub and kitchen sink can also backup too. This is a kind of nightmare that you wouldn’t probably want to happen. But when it does happen, there’s nothing you can do but to deal with it immediately. If not, you are putting your family’s health at risk. Sewer water definitely has no place inside your home. So, if you have this kind of awful situation at home, here are some tips to quickly contain the damage and tidy up the area.
1. Stop the overflow. Don’t bother cleaning up unless the overflow issue is fixed. First, you should block the toilet bowl’s opening using a towel or string mop. Then, turn the toilet’s water supply off. Look for the water valve and turn it clockwise. Quickly call an expert plumber once the overspill has been contained.
2. Know whether you need the help of a professional clean-up company or not. If the affected bathroom is carpeted or if the sewage water has reached the walls and cabinets, then you might need to hire a disaster clean-up company. But if the waste water is contained to only one room and it hasn’t soaked into any wood or dry wall, it is likely that you can manage on your own. When making a decision whether to hire a professional or do the clean-up yourself, remember that mold buildup may occur if the sewage water is not completely removed.
3. Remove the stinky sewer water – If you choose not to get professional help, then you need to grab the mop and start removing the waste water off the floor. Use an empty bucket to ring the mop out. If the toilet is now functioning properly, you can pour the mopped up water down the toilet.
4. Sanitize – Mix one cup of bleach with one gallon of hot water in a bucket. Make sure to completely sanitize the entire floor and anything that had been soaked in waste water. This includes cabinets, walls, sink pedestals tubs, toilet base and lid. Don’t forget to wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and gloves. Keep in mind to dispose everything you used to clean up the overflow mess as they are already contaminated.