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“Help! My toilet is overflowing onto the floor and it just won’t stop! I tried shutting the water off underneath the toilet and it helped a little, but it still keeps flowing. I’m up to my ankles in sewage! What do I do?”

You have no idea how many times we at Horizon Services have received that phone call from frantic homeowners! If your toilet starts to back up and overflow, don’t panic. The important thing is to get the overflow under control and to identify the source of the problem. That means keeping a cool head and taking an analytical approach.



Turn The Water Off

First off, whenever your toilet overflows, it is a good idea to turn off the water to the toilet because it eliminates any more water from being used until the problem is fixed. The shut off is beneath the bowl, usually on the left side.



Plunge It


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Critics Question the Real Value of Low Flow Commodes

Low flow toilets have been touted as a way to cut down on water usage while whittling utility costs. However, critics question the real value of these low flow commodes. Sometimes the toilets need to be flushed two or even three times to completely clear waste—and doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose?

Flushing Matters

It has been estimated that we Americans flush more than six billion gallons of water down our toilets every day. That’s a lot. Previously, residential toilets sold in the United States were designed to use about 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. Most low flow toilets use about 1.6 gallons per flush at most.

In order to really understand the effectiveness of low flow toilets, we need to think about how often the average American uses the bathroom.

Obviously, going to the bathroom is not an exact science. It’s pretty safe to say, however, that the majority of people

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