How to Stop a Toilet from Flooding Your House

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The old "open the reservoir tank" trick is only temporary. Here's the safest way to keep your toilet from flooding your home, and what to watch for in homes older than 20 years.
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Chris Y. from Eau claire, PA on 12/29/2009 at 08:27 AM MT
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I not only like the information in this video, I like how the title truncates in the side menu as, "How to Stop a Toilet".  Unknowing viewers would think it's a video on how to plug up someone's commode  8)
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Carole W. from Tinton falls, NJ on 01/21/2010 at 11:32 AM MT
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Yes, I did. The tank behind the toilet flooded and the bathroom floor also flooded, which ran over into the basement, causing limited flooding there as well. I did not have a shut-off valve under the bowl, so I had to locate the main water line and pull the lever down. I contacted a plumber who replaced the rubber piece that let the water in and out of the tank. It was a traumatic experience, not to mention wet and messy.
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Johannes B. from Walnut creek, CA on 07/13/2010 at 10:38 PM MT
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YES YES YES too many times. Worst one when we tried to lift the float as in the video, and the lever hinge broke - the water kept running overflowing the central drain pipe and running freely down into an already flooded toilet. Trying to close the valve while strying to keep the water from entering the central pipe required YOGA flexability. Hard earned advice for anyone with older model toilets - go and buy The highest flush rating toilet you can find and get that installed pronto. Live is better after that. <br />
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Video Transcript for "How to Stop a Toilet from Flooding Your House"
David Lupberger on How to Stop a Toilet from Flooding Your House: Hi, I'm David Lupberger with ServiceMagic.com. We're here this morning to talk about overflowing toilets and I'm going to give you a simple question. Do you know what to do if your toilet overflows?
Lupberger: What can happen is the toilet can become obstructed and water can rise. I asked my 13-year old son what you do, he said "Well I would just take the toilet top off and and I'd keep the water from running in". Well that's fine for a 13 year old but the question is what happens next?
Lupberger: So I will let you know if your home is 20 years old or newer there should be a shutoff valve. So as this water rises, you want to shut the water off to that fixture because the last thing you need water running over the toilet on to the floor.
Lupberger: If your home is 20 years old or older, you may not have shut offs at each toilet, or each valve. So in this case, know where your home shutoff is. In this case it's in the basement. I'm going to open this up and there's a valve that I can take and just turn off. Now be careful because if the home is 50, 60 years or older, that valve may be rusted in place. So please go down and check that now; because if it's rusted in place you won't be able to turn that water off. This is one of the things that homeowners forget to check, and sometimes this is something that needs to be taken care of.
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