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The toilet was plugged so I snaked, snaked, snaked some more and then tried plunging. It didn't work out very well! At that point(Ihad been working on it for over an hour) I decided to give it a rest and see if the level wouldn't go down after awhile. It would be so much easier to deal with that way. At that point my dear mother walked in and asked if I had any idea how bad my house smelled? Yah, actually I do.<br><br>
OK, rant over.<br><br>
Off to deal with the **&#@$% toilet!!!!
 

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My dad is a plumber.... I've heard many stories like this from him! Hope you get it unplugged soon.
 

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I'm assuming from the title that the bowl overflowed...I feel for you, had a similar disaster last month and there aren't quite words to describe the feeling I got wondering how was I going to not only clean it all up, but make my bathroom feel clean and sanitary again.<br><br>
After freaking out for a bit, I had an idea and thank god because it made things a lot easier...get some cheap , disposable diapers, the type with the absorbent gel. Toss just a few of them face down into the overflowed liquid on your floor and let them sit a while. You'd be amazed how fast they absorbed about an inch of the nastiness from a tile floor and they hold the liquid so there is no drip when you pick them up and toss them out. It minimizes your contact with the sewage and just really worked well. After that, cleaning and disinfecting is a lot more doable since you have removed the standing mess and can now actually get at the floor<br><br>
I know disposables are not really the thing on these boards, but if using a few this way can help retain the sanity and spare an e coli infection of a busy mom faced with an unfortunate toilet incident, they can't be entirely evil <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I know how that feel <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"><br>
Hopefully your done and it wasn't too discusting<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Aw, I'm sorry you have to deal with that. How icky. And how unhelpful of your mom.<br><br>
We've had an overflow or two, but luckily never with more than one little bit of kid poop in the bowl. That was when I discovered that the shut off valve was too stiff for me to turn off. I wasn't too worried about it overflowing when I flushed, because I figured I could just turn it off if it got close.... apparently not. Ugh.
 

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I've had several overflows in this house, a couple of them..ick...This house is old and the plumbing is old. What a pita. One day my toddler niece clogged the toilet with I don'tknowwhat and it <i>rained</i> water in my dining room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
My tip for future reference - if you have an overflow - before you panic, try to find the shut off valve that goes to the toilet. It should be right behind the toilet.
 

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The problem with the shutoff valve theory - at least with older toilets - is that the water going into the bowl is already in the tank, so shutting off the water won't help.<br>
As for the clog, you might want to find the cleanout in your waste line (do you have a basement?) and go at it from the other direction.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The problem with the shutoff valve theory - at least with older toilets - is that the water going into the bowl is already in the tank, so shutting off the water won't help.<br>
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Yeah I think you're right, it must be so for newer toilets, not older ones. I'm not too sure how old though!
 

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Awww, I know how awful that is. I clogged a toilet right after dd was born... and not with paper, either. Major PITA, in every sense.
 

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Ugh! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sick"> Well, I have a leaking mini-shower you can borrow for clean-up. Left overnight, it will fill the floor of an average size bathroom an a good portion of the hallway.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The problem with the shutoff valve theory - at least with older toilets - is that the water going into the bowl is already in the tank, so shutting off the water won't help.</div>
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But it won't overflow for a normal amount of water in the bowl -- the water in the tank plus the water in the bowl shouldn't be more than the bowl can hold, at least in my experience with water-in-the-tank toilets. So as long as the water in the bowl isn't too icky, we just scoop it out with a cleaning container and pour it down the bathtub. If you have greywater recycling or whatever, though, that wouldn't work.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But it won't overflow for a normal amount of water in the bowl -- the water in the tank plus the water in the bowl shouldn't be more than the bowl can hold, at least in my experience with water-in-the-tank toilets.</div>
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Maybe in *your* toilet it isn't. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Ours will overflow even with the milk jug taking up volume. Also, keep in mind that you're adding the volume of whatever's clogging it in the first place! And we all know how voluminous THAT can be. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Ah, my mistake -- I've just never encountered a toilet, anywhere I've lived -- and I've lived in houses with pretty old toilets -- that would overflow on one flush.
 
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