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 toilet overflow HELP
Author: Johnathon (CA)

I installed a new toilet and some plumbing installed in an adjacent bathroom, (other side of wall) The extent of work was a new toilet and sink, relocating the new toilet by 8 inches. No problems at all for five months, now my toilet in the other room backed up and flooded my house while at work. My question is, could the plumbing work I did from five months ago have caused this problem? As I said, no other problems at all for five months. The toilet installed was brand new low flow, but the other one predated 1994 since it was an old 3.5 gpf.



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 Re: toilet overflow HELP
Author: m & m (MD)

A 1.6gpf toilet does not flood a house if it clogs up and overflows- messy, but not a 'flood'. There must be a secondary factor involved that caused the flooding.

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 Re: toilet overflow HELP
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

Right, maybe the toilet had a leaky flapper or a faulty fill valve , either way the water would keep spilling onto the floor until the water supply was manually turned of.

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 Re: toilet overflow HELP
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

To address your first question, YES. But if you turn the fill water at the stop... you can begin the process of investigating to prove or disprove your question.

There are so many unanswered questions that require answers, but if you are in a hurry, hire a licensed plumber to clear and clean the line while they inspect your previous work and mods.

Best Wishes

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 Re: toilet overflow HELP
Author: stuckinlodi (MO)

"Author: Johnathon (CA)
...No problems at all for five months, now my toilet in the other room backed up and flooded my house while at work."
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For this to happen wouldn't someone have to be home and use the toilet, flush it and then it overflowed? If the toilet kept running and overflowing they should have shutoff the water supply immediately to limit flooding. Or call you at work and tell you about it so you could take care of it. Your statement does not make for easy understanding.

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 Re: toilet overflow HELP
Author: Johnathon (CA)

Thank you, it was the old toilet that overflowed and kept running. I thought they would shut off after the tank emptied, but NOPE. It flooded the entire house, (the old 3.5)

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 Re: toilet overflow HELP
Author: Johnathon (CA)

Thank you all for the response. I think I just blocked up the toilet and didn't pay attention as I was heading out the door for work. Came home to a wrecked house, the entire ceiling is collapsing, currently being removed by an expert crew which specializes in such messes. It worked for close to half a year after the work in the other bathroom, I don't think it could be related. I was just looking for some educated answers. Thanks again.

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