Are you stuck in a plumbing dilemma where your toilet refuses to flush? Don’t be afraid. We’ll go through the most frequent reasons why your toilet isn’t flushing and how to fix them.
Your Toilet Is Clogged
A clogged toilet is an obvious reason why your toilet won’t flush. Never flush anything down the toilet except for toilet paper. Wipes and other things can accumulate in your sewage system and clog your toilet.
How To Fix:
You may use a toilet plunger or toilet auger to dislodge whatever it is that is clogging the flushing mechanism and allows it to travel down the pipe. If your toilet gets clogged frequently, you might want to try using thinner toilet paper, especially if you or other members of your family use a lot of toilet paper.
Your Toilet’s Chain Might Not Be Working.
The lift chain that connects the flapper to the flushing handle on the exterior of the toilet might become too slack, preventing the handle from raising the flapper and flushing the toilet.
How To Fix:
Remove the cover from the toilet tank. Make sure the chain’s two ends are linked. Clip them back into place if they aren’t already. If they are, pull the handle to see if the chain is long enough to fully open the flapper while still allowing it to close firmly.
The Toilet Tank isn’t Filling Up All the Way.
When you flush your toilet, water from the tank is released into the bowl. Suction is required to flush the toilet; it is generated by dumping a large amount of water from the tank into the bowl. When there is not sufficient water in the tank, the pressure needed for a powerful flush isn’t created. You may see less pressure or no flush at all.
How To Fix:
Start by checking the water supply and if there is any leaking. Open the tank of your toilet and look for the float and the fill line. Flush your toilet and if the water does not fill back up to the fill line, try adjusting the float. You may also want to repair or even replace the valve if that previous solution does not work. If you do not know how to proceed, you might be better off calling a plumber to get the job done.
Clean Your Toilet Jets.
The toilet jets are the little openings that run down the bottom of the toilet bowl. When you flush, water from the upper tank rushes down through these tiny holes, creating the swirling effect you observe. The power of your flush will be reduced if they become blocked with lime or corrosion.
To make the bleach solution, mix one-part bleach with ten parts water into a mixing bowl. Remove the lid of the tank and pour the solution into the overflow tube. The overflow tube is a vertically hard plastic or metal pipe with a tiny flexible rubber or plastic tube attached to the top. Allow five minutes for the bleach solution to perform its magic, then flush the toilet. The hard work begins now: cleaning out the jet holes. Scrape out each jet hole with a piece of wire, using the hand mirror to ensure you get them all.
It’s plausible that everything in your toilet is working properly, yet your toilet still won’t flush. This indicates that the issue is located deeper inside your plumbing system. Drain lines that transport waste to your sewage or septic system might have a variety of issues. You may observe drains not working throughout the house.
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