The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder. You know what that means: winter is on its way. Now that November is almost at a close, it’s time to check your home’s plumbing to make sure it’s ready for the colder months ahead. 

Often, just a little planning and maintenance is all you’ll need to ensure your home’s plumbing is in top shape. But does that mean you can skip calling the plumber and DIY your winter maintenance check? Not necessarily.

If you’re thinking of going the do-it-yourself route this winter, we have a word of advice: be careful. While some plumbing jobs are perfectly fine to DIY, others should be left up to a plumbing professional. 

Wondering when it’s okay to handle your home’s winter plumbing upkeep on your own and when to call a reputable plumbing company like Allied Reddi-Rooter? Keep reading.  

Closing outdoor drains… DIY!
If you want to take this job on yourself, we give you two thumbs up. By now, you should have put away all hoses, closed faucets and sealed your outside drains. If you haven’t, we strongly suggest doing it now.   

This is a quick and easy job that can easily be done in an hour or less. If you notice any leaks in the faucets, wet areas or cracks in the concrete near your outside drains, it’s time to call a professional plumber.  

Insulating pipes… DIY!
One of the easiest ways to protect exposed pipes in places like your basement, garage or any area of your home that is cold or not exposed to your heater’s warmth is by wrapping them in material that keeps them insulated and warm. 

This is a job you can easily do yourself. We recommend visiting your local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowes for pipe insulation kits. Not only are they easy to install, they’re also inexpensive.  

Frozen pipe repair… Do not DIY!
In the event that you didn’t complete the above winter maintenance task, or otherwise have the misfortune of a pipe freezing this winter, we strongly recommend you leave this repair up to a professional. If you’re dealing with a frozen pipe, avoid using a heat source to warm the pipe up faster. 

Instead, let the pipe warm slowly and naturally as the day progresses. In the meantime, call a plumber who can inspect the pipe and make sure that the freezing and thawing cycle did not weaken it, which can make it more susceptible to cracks and leaks. 

And if you’re dealing with a burst pipe, contact a plumbing company like Allied Reddi-Rooter that has emergency service. This is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed immediately. We are currently offering a coupon incentive for this service.

Water heater issues… Do not DIY!
While inspecting your water heater for any signs of corrosion or leaks is perfectly fine (and recommended!) to do on your own, you should never take on any water heater maintenance or repairs. Instead, this should be left strictly to the professionals. 

Winter is the perfect time to have your water heater inspected by a plumber, who can make sure it’s working its best and ready for overtime during the colder months. 

Winter plumbing inspection… DIY!
We encourage all homeowners to schedule time to walk throughout their house and take a close look at all plumbing elements, from the sinks to the sump pump, to make sure everything is working properly. Winter can be very hard on plumbing, and this can help you avoid any surprises.

Of course, for a thorough winter plumbing inspection, call the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter. We can make sure your home’s plumbing gets the green light and is ready to work when the temps plummet.  

Like smoke detectors inside the home, fall is the perfect time to check your exterior faucets. Do they have broken handles or are the handles hard to turn? Do they leak constantly? Are they unsealed where they enter the home’s foundation? 

If you’ve ever had these issues or are otherwise concerned about the state of your exterior faucets, it might be time to consider installing a new, frost-free options. 

Not only do frost-free faucets eliminate the need for annual maintenance, but you’ll no longer have to worry about ice forming in the water lines. That means little or no risk of burst pipes in the basement during the winter. And since colder months are well on their way, now is the time to consider adding frost-free exterior faucets to your home. 

What are frost-free exterior faucets?

Frost-free faucets prevent water from freezing inside your exterior pipes via a valve stem that connects from the faucet to inside the house. They are also designed to prevent water from pooling in the faucet where it’s liable to freeze when the temps drop. 

Three big benefits of frost-free pipes 

Reduced risk of pipe bursts

The shut off valve in traditional exterior faucets are located outside, which makes it particularly susceptible to freezing during the winter. This could lead to frozen pipes and even pipe bursts, which can cause serious damage to your home. 

In frost-free exterior faucets, the connection is installed within the walls of the home, so pipes stay warm and the water flowing through the pipes will remain warm, too. Additionally, all unused water will drain out of the pipes, outside, when the faucet is turned off. 

No backflow

If you’re worried about water contamination from traditional exterior faucets, consider switching to newer frost-free faucets. Because they come with backflow prevention, water won’t get into the home water supply when pressure drops. 

This helps prevent contamination. So, for example, a garden hose with fertilizer in the water won’t make it to your home’s interior pipes and water. 

Less maintenance

This is the time of the year when most homeowners start preparing exterior faucets for the winter. Usually, this involves draining the water valve and then covering the faucet, so it remains dry. 

With frost-free faucets, however, you won’t have to do any winterizing. Another bonus? Depending on how old your traditional faucets are, replacing them just might elevate the look of your home. 

Interested in frost-free faucets? While some homeowners install frost-free faucets on their own, we recommend letting the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter do the job. We can make sure the faucets fit properly and are ready for the tough winter months ahead.  Give us a call, or contact  us via our website.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask questions.  https://www.alliedreddirooter.com/grease-trap-cleaning/

The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter gets asked this question a lot, and the answer is always the same: regular plumbing maintenance by a plumbing professional is critical for a variety of reasons – from helping you avoid costly plumbing repairs down the road to saving money on water and energy bills. 

While you may be able to detect plumbing issues on your own, a licensed plumbing professional has both the training and the tools in order to find problems quickly and address any issues before they get worse. Just like your car, your home’s plumbing needs regularly scheduled maintenance, too. 

Still on the fence about scheduling a plumbing check up by a licensed plumber? Take a look at our top reasons to pencil one in for your home. 

Your plumbing will last longer
From your water heater to your faucets, your home is filled with fixtures and appliances that need to be maintained on a regular basis. Water heater tanks, for example, can corrode over time if not properly flushed, and rust can form in pipes that can lead to leaks and other issues. 

Enhanced water pressure
Ever wonder why your water pressure is too low, or even too high? When a plumber comes out for a maintenance visit, they will check your water pressure and make any adjustments so that it flows through your home’s pipes the way it should. And if there’s an underlying problem that led to the water pressure issue in the first place, they can address the problem and fix it. 

Detect leaks
Sometimes, water leaks are so small that you might not even know you have one. Often, these leaks appear in places like the base of the toilet or around faucet fixtures. If left unrepaired, however, these tiny leaks can lead to big problems. The good news is that plumbers are excellent at spotting small leaks and fixing them before they get any worse. 

Signs your home has a sewage backup 

No more slow drains
Not only are plumbers great at detecting leaks, but they are also trained to find blocked drains, even if they are partially clogged. During a maintenance visit, your plumber will test every drain in the house, often by using equipment to look deep inside drains to find any clogs or other problems that may be causing problems.

Better water quality
Corrosion in your pipes can lead to unwanted minerals and even chemicals in your water supply. In fact, leaks can also cause water patches, where bacteria like giardia and legionella can live. This is another big reason why it’s important to prevent leaks in your home with routine maintenance. 

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And better air quality, too
Faulty plumbing, including leaking pipes, can lead to mold growth in your home that, in turn, could cause health problems for you and your family. During a home plumbing checkup, a plumber can look for signs of mold growth throughout the house and help you take the necessary steps to eradicate it. 

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Lower water and energy bills
If you leave leaks untreated in your home, you’re throwing your money down the drain. Sure, you’ll have to pay for the plumbing check up, but the cost pales in comparison to the money you’ll save in the long run on water and energy bills. It will also protect you from spending money down the road on a costly plumbing repair.

Better ROI
Are you planning on selling your home in the near future? If so, give potential buyers confidence by having the plumbing inspected by a professional and make any repairs before it goes on the market.

Is it time to take a closer look at your home’s plumbing? When you’re ready to schedule your routine home plumbing maintenance, give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call or contact  us for a quote. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. We’re here to help Cincinnati homeowners with all their plumbing needs.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask questions.

It’s been a long day, and you’re looking forward to taking a warm bath to unwind. Bath salts have been tossed in the water and you’ve dimmed the lights – maybe you’ve even lit a candle. You’re all set – there’s just one problem, five minutes into your relaxing soak, the water starts to drain. But why? 

Bathtubs fail to hold water for a number of reasons. Sometimes the remedy is as simple as changing the drain stopper. Other times, the issue signifies a bigger problem that requires help from a plumbing professional. 

Here’s five reasons why your bathtub may not be holding water. 

A faulty drain stopper. Sometimes the drain stopper – that works in conjunction with the lever that controls water flow – disconnects from the spring that’s part of the drain system. When this happens water levels will slowly lower in the bathtub.

This is often a quick fix, but one usually done by a professional plumber. That being said, on rare occasions, it is necessary to replace the entire bathtub drain. 

An issue with the overflow tube. Do you take regular baths in a tub filled to the edge? If so, the overflow tube may be the culprit. If this tube within the drain system is broken, it can cause the tub to lose water. 

The overflow tube plays an important role, as it prevents the bathtub from overflowing, which can cause major water damage to your home. A plumber can tighten the overflow tube to fix the problem, otherwise they will recommend replacing it. 

Old pipes. Corrosion may be to blame if your tub isn’t holding water, especially if you live in an older home with outdated plumbing. Once rust builds up inside pipes, it can create leaks where water can escape. Look for water that’s rust colored when you run the bath. If you notice any discoloration, it’s time to call the plumber.

A clogged pipe. Between soap residue and hair, bathtub drains have ample opportunities to clog. Once the pipe leading from the drain clogs, it can create a buildup of water that will start to leak outside of the drain anyway it can. 

If you suspect you have a clogged drain, we recommend using a natural drain opener and a plunger to remove the debris. If you can’t open the drain using that method, it’s time to call a plumber. And always remember to clean the bathtub drain after every bath, or at least once a week. 

Temperature changes. When there are significant changes in temperature, it can cause your pipes to expand and then contract if they’re exposed to the elements and not in a temperature-controlled area. This can lead to cracks in pipes or loose seals. In turn, this can cause leaks that interrupt water flow and lessen the amount that flows to your tub.

Worried that your bathtub isn’t holding water the way it should? Give us a call or contact  us when an issue arises. We’ll address the issue and fix the problem quickly, so you can get back to those soaks in no time. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. We’re here to help Cincinnati homeowners with all their plumbing needs.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask questions. We’ll address the issue and fix the problem quickly, so you can get back to those soaks in no time. 

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February is an excellent month for home improvement. Unless you’re a fan of cold, rainy weather, there’s a good chance you’re inside, waiting for spring. In the meantime, take a look at our list below of easy ways to update – and elevate – your home’s plumbing. 

We’ve included simple DIY projects, ways to make your home greener and healthier, as well as a couple of things that the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter can take care of – like installing a new water softener or performing a routine plumbing inspection.    

Schedule routine maintenance

If you could only do one thing on the list, let it be this one. Having your home’s plumbing checked by a professional is critical for many reasons. First, it will help identify small problems that could become bigger ones down the road, so you won’t have to pay for an expensive repair later. And regular maintenance will give you peace of mind, knowing that your plumbing is in top shape.

Invest in a Novo water softener

Did you know that Novo water softeners are the highest efficiency water softeners available today? In fact, they use up to 75% less salt and 64% less water compared to conventional calendar clock models. Choose a Novo water softener and say good-bye to hard water problems including clogged pipes and hard water spots on your glasses and dishes. 

Learn how to use a plunger

You may be surprised by how many people don’t know how to use a plunger correctly. If you do, it will save you a few headaches and maybe even a call to the plumber.

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Brush up on drain dos and don’ts

If you’ve forgotten what you can and (perhaps more importantly) can’t put down the drain, it’s time for a refresh. We recommend printing out our article below and keeping it on your fridge. And remember, disposable wipes are not made to be flushed down the toilet, no matter what the packaging says. 

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Update your bathroom (in a weekend)

Is your bathroom in need of some sprucing up? If so, all you need is one weekend to make it look fantastic – and more efficient, too. Choose paints specifically developed for bathrooms to keep mold and mildew at bay. Replace old faucets or the shower head, or simply invest in new towels, rugs and a shower curtain. 

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Do mold control

Mold in the home can be a serious problem if it isn’t addressed quickly. Not only can it lead to respiratory issues, but it can exacerbate allergies as well. One of the places mold tends to grow in the home is in the bathroom because it thrives in damp areas. Make sure the bathroom is well ventilated, repair cracked tiles and walls and keep towels and bathmats dry.

Resolve to save water

Using less water isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also a great way to save a little money. This year, why not water your lawn just twice a week? Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, take shorter showers, and check your home for any water leaks.  

Go green in 2022

Even small changes can impact the planet in a big way. Invest in environmentally friendly faucets and toilets, buy eco-friendly cleaning supplies, and choose a water saving showerhead.  

Want to get your home’s plumbing ready for the year ahead?  Call or contact  the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter. We’ll make sure your home’s plumbing is ready for the new year. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. We’re here to help Cincinnati homeowners with all their plumbing needs. You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.

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It pays to get a second opinion before committing to a plumbing repair

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You may be wondering how important it is to get a second opinion before you hire a plumber for a repair or any major plumbing work. Suffice it to say, it’s always a good idea. Here’s why: First, plumbing repairs can be expensive, especially if the work needed is extensive. Getting a second opinion could help save you money and avoid unnecessary repairs. 

Another reason to get a second opinion is to help you make sense of a plumbing estimate. Let’s face it, most of us don’t know the ins and outs of plumbing, so it would stand to reason that we’d need help understanding an estimate in order to make sure the costs add up. 

Additionally (and unfortunately) there are unreputable plumbing companies out there. And worse, bogus plumbing companies are out there, too. A second opinion from an established plumbing company can ensure that you only work one that has your best interests in mind and won’t leave you with a big bill for a shoddy job. 

Beware of bogus plumbing companies

Often, a bogus plumbing will take out ads online with a name similar to a reputable plumbing company, like Allied Reddi-Rooter for example. The sketchy company might call themselves Allied Plumbing for example. 

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They’ll usually show up in an unmarked van or vehicle, do a poor job, and charge you way above its normal cost. These “plumbers” may also tell you that you need an expensive repair that you really don’t and use scare tactics to convince you to let them do the job. They often ask for a deposit. 

Then, when you realize they’ve done a terrible job, they’ll be nowhere to be found. You can avoid this scenario by getting a second opinion before you hire a plumber. 

Here’s how to find a reputable plumbing company 
Read reviews

Visit review websites like Yelp, Facebook and Google and read what other customers have said about the plumbing company you are looking to hire. Notice any common complaints. Are the plumbers consistently late? Do they overcharge or do poor quality work? If enough customer reviews say they do, consider another plumbing company. 

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Check references

This is critical for major plumbing jobs like repiping a home. Any reputable plumber would be happy to send you the names and contact info of previous customers – and will likely have a few in mind for you to talk to. You should also make sure the plumber you choose is insured and licensed. 

Choose a plumber with experience

Always go with a reputable plumbing company with strong roots in the community. Take Allied Reddi-Rooter, for example. We have been serving Cincinnati homes and businesses for 71 years. 

Don’t pay for a second opinion

Some plumbing companies will charge you for a second opinion, but not Allied Reddi-Rooter. We are always ready to share our knowledge with Cincinnati home and business owners and are happy to give you our own assessment of your plumbing problem. We can also give you a timeline to complete the job and even a written estimate.

We love talking plumbing, so give us a call or contact  the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter, and bend our ear when you need a second opinion. We’ll help give you peace of mind knowing that you’re being charged a fair price and getting the help you need to keep your plumbing in top shape. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. We’re here to help Cincinnati homeowners with all their plumbing needs. You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.

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When a plumber comes to your home, it’s usually to fix a specific plumbing issue, or for routine maintenance that you’ve scheduled well in advance. But what if everything doesn’t go as expected and you’re surprised with news that you need more plumbing repairs than you thought you did? 

When this happens it’s important to know if the plumber is trying to make a few more bucks at your expense. It’s called upselling, and it can happen when you hire a less-than-reputable plumbing company. 

Don’t be fooled. Below are five of the most common ways plumbers try to upsell their customers, and how to avoid it happening to you. 

Unbelievably low prices
One of the most popular ways plumbing companies try to upsell customers is by offering extremely low prices for simple repairs like clearing drain lines – just so they can upsell you a very costly repair like a line replacement. 

Maintenance contracts
Never let a plumber talk you into signing a maintenance contract. These rarely turn out to be cost effective. Instead, ask the plumbing company to contact you when it’s time to schedule your next maintenance appointment. 

Using undersized sewer machines
Sometimes a plumber will use an undersized sewer machine that has too small of a blade to adequately cut out tree roots. Since the plumber will be unable to get line open and flowing due to using wrong equipment, they will try to talk you into a camera inspection and line replacement since roots are still in the sewer line.

Recommending big ticket items
Anytime a plumber strongly suggests you need a new, expensive appliance like a water heater, washing machine or refrigerator, do your research and make sure it’s absolutely necessary before moving forward. Replacing your water heater, for example, can set you back thousands of dollars. Often, it’s more cost effective to simply repair the appliance that you already have. 

Or, recommending small ticket items
Don’t be surprised if a plumber tries to sell you a showerhead, toilet seat, or a shiny new faucet, promising that it will save you money and otherwise enhance your quality of life. Instead of buying these from the plumber (who will inevitably have them in their truck), purchase them on your own from your local hardware store. 

How to avoid getting upsold

Do a little research
If a plumber tells you you’re going to need a pricey, unexpected repair, do a little research before letting them do the job. Hop on Google and learn about the plumbing issue at hand and see what it generally costs to fix the problem. 

Get a second opinion
It’s always free – and a good idea – to get a second opinion before spending your money on a costly repair. Give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call if you’re worried you’re being upsold. We take care of our customers and never upsell. 

Use a reputable plumbing company
Better yet, choose a plumbing company with a great reputation like Allied Reddi-Rooter in the first place. We provide quick, cost-efficient, knowledgeable, and courteous service, always. And we never, ever upsell. 

Ready to schedule routine plumbing maintenance? Give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call or contact  us. We’ll make sure your home’s plumbing is ready for the new year. And we promise to never upsell you. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.

It’s important to know where your water shut off valve is located and how to shut off your home’s water supply in an emergency. Your valve may look like the one in this article’s photo or be round like faucets on the exterior of your home.

Find your home’s indoor water shut off valve and turn off the water supply

It’s important to know where your indoor home shut off valve is and how to turn off your home’s water supply in the event of a plumbing emergency or before you leave for an extended period of time. Here’s how you do this:

Find the shut off valve
Your home’s shut off valve is usually located in the basement. It’s often installed against a wall that is closest to the road in front of the home. It should be about midway up from the floor. It may be close to your water heater. If your home doesn’t have a basement, look where your water supply enters your home. Once you locate shut off valve, turn the lever the way the Off arrow indicates.

TIP: Test the valve
It is a good idea to test it after reading this to make sure the handle or knob moves freely to the off position. Sometimes these valves may sit for years without being turned which can make them hard to turn. If it does not turn fairly easily, do not force it. Contact Allied Reddi-Rooter to free it up.

Turn your faucets off
Locate a faucet in the lowest point of your home, whether it’s the basement or the first floor. Open it and leave the faucet open. Water will quickly slow to a trickle then stop completely. At this point your home’s water lines are mostly drained, at least to a point where there is no water pressure.

TIP: Do not flush the toilets
Having water in the tank of toilets gives you one extra flush while the water main is turned off as it relies on water stored in the tank behind the toilet. After a flush the toilet tank will not refill until the water is turned back on.

Don’t forget… Allied Reddi-Rooter is your 24/7, emergency plumber. When you have water in the home that is unwanted, turn the main valve to the off position and call or contact us for very quick service.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.

Are there puddles of water on your garage floor after it rains? Ready for a man cave? If so, you’re going to want to call a plumber. There are many reasons to add plumbing to your garage space. Not only can it make your garage truly multi-functional, but garage plumbing can also help with drainage, which is extremely important, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. 

Adding plumbing to the garage could also increase your home’s value and even help create more living space for you and your family. 

Here’s five ways to add plumbing to your garage: 

Install floor drains
One of the easiest ways to keep your garage from pooling with water and from flooding is with the addition of floor drains. These are relatively easy to install and work well in garages with flat driveways that lack the slope to divert water away from the garage. 

Add a utility sink
The large sinks that you typically find in the basement or laundry room work great in garages, too. Consider installing one if you work on cars or have hobbies (particularly messy ones) that you do outside. Garage utility sinks are also perfect for washing tools and recreational equipment – and for washing the dog, too. 

Add a toilet and sink
If you’re in need of another bathroom, don’t forget that the garage is a great location option. Adding a half bath to the garage is a fantastic upgrade for homeowners who entertain outdoors on a regular basis. Garage half baths are also a great addition for garages that double as a workout space or artist studio. 

Make the garage the laundry room
Installing a washer and dryer in the garage is an excellent way to create more space in the basement or repurpose the laundry room inside your home so it can be used as more living space. Since washers and dryers can be a bit noisy, it could just keep your home a little quieter, too. 

Create a wet bar
If you’d like to add an area at your home dedicated to entertaining, look no further than your garage. With plumbing, you could add a sink along with a refrigerator and some nice cabinetry or shelving to create your perfect wet bar. Like the half bath, this is another good option for homeowners who enjoy hosting parties outdoors. 

Ready to add plumbing to your garage? Give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a Call at 513-396-5300 or Contact us. We’ve been helping Cincinnati homeowners with their garage plumbing needs for decades and can help with yours, too.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.

The dreaded overflowing toilet. We’ve all experienced this conundrum at one time or another and while it can feel like a helpless situation, it doesn’t have to be. The good news is that with just a little know-how you can stop a toilet from overflowing. And no, it’s not by jiggling the handle. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to stop the toilet from overflowing:

First, Remove the lid
Simply open the lid on the toilet tank and set it aside, working quickly. 

Now, find the flapper valve
Reach into the toilet tank and find the flapper valve. It’s a rubber part that sits in the bottom of the tank. Press down on the valve gently to stop water from reaching the toilet bowl. This will quickly prevent any more water from overflowing the toilet. 

Next, lift the float
Hold the float up to let water levels get back to the normal level. Once you notice that they are back (it should take just about a minute), let go of the float. Everything should return to normal at this point. If they don’t, read on. 

Go ahead and shut off the water
At this point, you’ll want to locate your toilet’s supply valve and turn it off by rotating it clockwise. Usually, the valve is located behind the toilet in the wall or near the floor. Once the water supply has been turned off, you’ll need to stop using all sinks, toilets and faucets while you move on to the next step. 

Now try to determine the issue
Start checking all the plumbing fixtures in the home. If drains in the house are clogged or if other toilets in the house are overflowing as well, you may have a block in your drain system or a major septic tank issue. 

Try using a plunger
If only one toilet is overflowing, the cause could be a clog. Use a plunger that is fitted for the toilet and see if you can unclog the toilet by plunging it. You could use drain opener for toilets as well. 

Call a professional plumber if nothing seems to work
If you’ve followed all of the steps above and nothing seems to be working, it’s time to call a plumber. You likely have a plumbing issue that requires a professional who can get to the source of the problem quickly and fix it properly. 

The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter is here to help you with all your plumbing needs (and yes, that includes overflowing toilets). Give us a call, or Contact us to schedule prompt, professional and friendly service.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.