Three Reasons Why Your Toilet May Not Flush
After using the toilet, you expect it to flush. But if you push on the handle and nothing happens, you may find yourself wondering why. There are many reasons why a toilet may not flush. Fortunately, many of these reasons are relatively simple meaning that you can repair them on your own. Here are three common reasons why your toilet may not flush and how you can go about fixing the problem so it will flush again.
One of the reasons why your toilet may not be flushing is because it is clogged. Typically, when it is clogged, it will still flush, but the water will rise, rather than lower. If you notice that the water is rising, do not attempt to continue to flush it, as you can cause the toilet to overflow. A good plunging can usually do the trick to unclog a toilet. If you do not have a plunger on hand, you can unravel a wire hanger and insert that into the hole in the center of the toilet. Twist the wire in a downward, circular motion to attempt to break up anything that may be causing the clog. When the clog is free, your toilet should flush.
The Lift Chain is Broken or Disconnected
Another common reason why your toilet may not be flushing is because the lift chain is broken or disconnected. The lift chain connects the handle to the flapper inside of your toilet, so if the chain is broken, nothing is telling the flapper that you are pushing down on the handle. Lift up the lid on the tank of your toilet and reconnect or adjust the chain to the handle so that there is just enough slack to let the toilet know when the handle is being pushed down.
The Flapper is Malfunctioning
The last reason why your toilet may not flush is because the flapper is malfunctioning. This part controls the water level in the tank. If it's warped, or just not sealing the drainage hole well enough, you'll need to replace this. In many cases, if the flapper is malfunctioning, it will sound like your toilet is constantly running. This is your clue that the flapper may need to be replaced. Fortunately, you can pick up a flapper at a home improvement store and easily replace the one that is positioned inside of your toilet.
If your toilet is not flushing, be sure to make sure it is not clogged, that the lift chain is not broken or disconnected or that the flapper is not malfunctioning. If you have verified that none of these are the cause of the problem and your toilet still will not flush, it is time to call in an expert. Here at Amanda Plumbing Sewer & Drain, we can help with all of your plumbing needs. We even offer around the clock emergency service. Contact us now to schedule an appointment to have your toilet inspected and repaired.