An overflowing toilet is likely the last thing you want to see in your bathroom. But don’t panic. There’s a simple, DIY way to deal with this chore.
1. act fast
If your toilet begins to overflow, immediately remove the lid. Pull the float up and push down on the flapper at the bottom of the tank. This will stop the flush.
2. turn off the flow
Once the flush stops, immediately turn off the flow of water. The metal knob is located behind the toilet, usually low on the wall.
3. balance the water supply
A toilet that’s more than halfway full can lead to a sloshy mess when plunging; while too little water will prohibit the plunger from suctioning strongly around the bowl. Bail out the water until the bowl is about halfway full (if the level is too low, add more water).
4. grab the plunger
Use a molded-cup plunger to generate the strongest suction. Work up and down vigorously, quickly removing the plunger after about 60 seconds. If the water drains, add more water to the bowl until it empties several times.