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A toilet backup can be a nasty business. It can cause a flood in the bathroom, and indeed it can do more than that. Any adjacent rooms can also be affected by disgusting toilet water that flows out from a toilet backup.

Here are some things you can do immediately to stem the tide. If your toilet is clogged, the first step is to get rid of the clog. You need to get rid of the clog as quickly as possible, and if you are fast enough, you may be able to avert a flood entirely.

Even if you have no experience, the following steps can help prevent a disaster. Go grab a plunger! This tool is often the only one you will need. Make sure there is enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the plunger and then push in and out hard. If there isn’t already a flood, keep some used towels handy in order to wipe up water that may splash out.

One thing to keep in mind, and that may help prevent a flood, is that if you suspect that your toilet has a problem…don’t flush. Instead, grab the plunger and plunge the toilet first. You may wish to wear rubber gloves. Often, plunging the toilet can remove the source of the clog.

If this does not work, you may need to get a professional plumber. The tool to be used in this instance is called a “snake.” This tool is a long wire coil with a tip that looks like a corkscrew. The plumbing professional will feed the wire into the toilet pipe until it hits the clog. Then, he’ll turn the snake clockwise. This will break up the clog or allow the snake to attach itself to the clog itself. In this case, the plumber can just pull the clog right out.

Cleaning Up the Mess

Sometimes, there is nothing you can do and all your efforts at prevention fail. You experience a toilet backup and your bathroom and surrounding rooms get flooded. In these cases, you must remove the water that gushes from your toilet as soon as possible. This water can cause all kinds of pathogens to breed and multiply. This can cause a serious health hazard to you and those around you. The longer you let the flood water stand; the more likely it is that dangerous organisms will grow.

Mopping up the area yourself is a good start. However, many times it takes professional help to truly cleanup a nasty toilet backup. 911 Remediation has the right specialists and the right tools to ensure that the sewage that may have come flowing out of your toilet is cleaned in the quickest, safest, and most effective manner possible.

After the water cleanup and extraction, the affected areas need to be dried. 911 Remediation can help with this too.