Toilet Flushing Issues & Solutions
Your toilet is a plumbing necessity that’s used multiple times every single day. When flushing issues occur, they need to be addressed — and fast. The first step is to identify the root of the problem.
There are a few causes of toilet flushing problems, which can make pinpointing the exact reason a bit daunting; however, once the issue is determined, there are methods homeowners can follow to get the flusher back up and running.
Below, we discuss the causes of a non-flushing or weakly-flushing toilet and solutions to the problem.
Why Won’t My Toilet Flush?
A toilet that doesn’t flush can be very frustrating, but what exactly causes this problem? Some of the most common causes of a non-flushing toilet — and a likely solution — include:
- A disconnected lever: For toilets with levers, it could be that the lever got disconnected from the flapper. Remove the lid from the toilet’s tank to see if the chain came unhooked; if so, simply hook it back on. If the chain is too long, you can shorten it by cutting it. If the chain is broken, you will have to replace it.
- A closed inlet valve: The inlet valve is responsible for filling the tank with water needed for flushing. If the valve is closed, the tank can’t fill with water, thus resulting in flushing issues. Open the valve, allow the tank to fill with water, and try flushing again.
- A faulty flapper: If the flapper itself is broken, it won’t be able to properly seal the opening between the tank and the toilet bowl. Replacing the flapper should fix the problem.
- A clogged rim jet: Mineral deposits, bacteria, and other debris can clog the rim jets; these are used to create a swirling flow into your toilet when flushed. Scrubbing the rim jets with a toothbrush and vinegar should loosen up the clogs.
My Toilet Flush Is Weak or Not Fully Flushing
If your toilet attempts to flush but is weak or won’t fully flush, the issue may be one of the following:
- A clogged toilet: A toilet blocked by toilet paper and other contents can lead to issues with flushing. Remove the clog using a plunger to push the contents down the drain. If the clog is too stubborn, call a professional plumber for help.
- Handle and chain issues: Ensure your flapper and chain are correctly connected; if they aren’t, your toilet won’t be able to flush adequately.
- Faulty float: If the float is in poor condition, your tank may not be able to fill correctly, resulting in a weak flush. Adjust or replace the float to get things back in order.
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