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What To Do When Your Toilet Overflows in Acworth GA

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bartow County has been an industry leading restoration company in the North Georgia area for over a decade. We are ready for any size disaster and can make it “Like it never even happened." Sometimes home owners encounter small water cleanups that can be easily handled with mops and towels and other times things are better left to the professionals. If you choose to go at it alone, please take the time to read through these helpful guidelines.

Grab Some PPE

The first step in any sewage or water clean up is insuring that you protect yourself from potential health risks. PPE stands for “Personal Protective Equipment” and can include but is not limited to the following types of equipment: gloves (chemical resistant & protective), different types of respirators, protective suits, and protective eyewear (a general knowledge of water mitigation safety is imperative). If at any time you are unsure of your safety or question your exposure to chemicals and/or pathogens, immediately consult your local health department or emergency services agency. The tricky nature of water mitigation and safety protocols is a major reason the restoration industry has grown to over a billion-dollar industry in recent years.

SERVPRO of Bartow County encourages you to give us a call if you plan to undertake any size water restoration project 770-387-7455!

Locate & Shutoff Water

The quicker you can locate and shutoff the source of water to the toilet the better. By shutting off the source of water you will limit the amount of water you and your property are exposed too. Water borne pathogens can be found in sewage water and can cause untold amounts of damage if left unchecked. Most toilets (and sinks for that matter) have shutoff valves located under or behind the plumbing fixtures, while other plumbing features like showers, jacuzzi tubs, and sprinkler systems can be more difficult to shutoff. These “other” types of water fixtures can typically be cut off using dedicated shutoff valves or at the water main. In the event that closing the toilets shut-off valve doesn’t stop the leak you may be forced to turn the water off at the main.

*Note that shutting off the water at the main will stop all water to the property.

Clean Up Starts ASAP

“No time like the present” is the attitude to have when it comes to water mitigation. Often, time is of the essence when it comes to recovering from any size water disaster. By acting quickly and removing the water as soon as possible you can reduce the over all scope and cost of repairs. To remove the water, you can use mops and towels, but always remember to wear PPE to protect yourself from sewage water.


If you have experienced a toilet overflow or any other type of water loss getting the water turned off is paramount. If you find your self in need of professional help or advise give SERVPRO of Bartow County a call. We answer emergency calls 24 hour a day 365 days a year, including all major holidays. If you decide to handle a small water leak or toilet overflow on your own, give SERVPRO call after the fact. We can come by and perform a moisture check to ensure that your property is completely dry, reducing the likelihood of mold growth.

Visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com/ for more information on water damage.

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