When your drainpipe system backs up, the resulting waste of water and sewage that can leave your pipes through your toilet and in your home is both messy and potentially dangerous. If only a small amount of overflow spills into your bathroom or if the overflow appears to consist of water, you can clean yourself while taking proper toilet overflow cleanup precautions. Always clean and care your furniture.
Instructions for toilet overflow cleanup
Regularly clean your toilet and tank to get rid of toilet overflow. Use toilet air freshener to keep your toilet clean and your bathroom with a fresh smell.
Cut off the water supply immediately
Take the necessary steps to stop the toilet from overflowing. Call a plumber and have the toilet repaired to prevent an overflow of the future from occurring as soon as you get the first mess cleaned. Put on jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, boots, goggles, and a breathing mask to prevent any potentially contaminated material from coming in contact with the skin or face.
Set the old towels in the bathroom
Towels help to absorb other affected areas. Put the dirty towels in the washing machine. Wash them with bleach or another strong cleaning product to kill any bacteria.
Dry place around the room
Collect all carpets, shower curtains or other fabric or upholstered items that have been wet during the overflow. Wash according to your product care instructions. Take a brush for washing floors, cabinets, and furniture.
Remove and replace items that were damaged in the overflow and that can not be cleaned properly. Overflow toilet is likely to contain bacteria, and you should not try to save something that can not be disinfected. Toilet tanks need to be cleaned frequently to prevent odors and the development of bacteria.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your tank clean
- Regularly removes mineral deposits. Fill the tank with vinegar, let it sit for 12 hours and then lower the toilet lever and clean the tank.
- Be careful with deodorant tablets for toilets. If you use them, do not use those containing bleach. These erode and damage the inside of your tank.
- Set a cleaning routine. Carefully clean the tank at least once a month. This will make your bathroom smell clean and fresh.
- If you have carpet, you may have to call a professional to come to suction water off of your carpet floors to prevent mold growth due to moisture. You can place the air fresheners in the room to help get rid of the lingering odors caused by the overflow of the toilet.
Hire a professional for toilet overflow cleanup, if you see fecal matter in the overflow. Hazardous biological waste must be eliminated from correctly using the correct safety equipment.