Common Reasons Why Your Toilet Won't Flush Properly
Having problems with your toilet? Whether it’s not emptying properly, overflowing, leaking or struggling with low water levels, a toilet that won’t flush is often simple to repair. Here are some of the most common reasons why your toilet won’t flush the right way—along with some simple solutions to solve this annoying problem:
- It’s clogged. In many cases, a clog inside the toilet is the reason why it won’t flush properly. Toilets can only handle certain types and amounts of waste. Sanitary products or even large amounts of toilet paper can clog the toilet, obstructing the flow of water, leading to flushing problems. If you’re dealing with a small clog, you may be able to plunge it away. For more stubborn clogs, reach out to your trusted plumbing professional to clear the obstruction and restore the flow of water.
- Low tank level. Whenever you flush, water transfers from the toilet tank into the bowl, and there needs to be enough water in the tank for the toilet to flush properly. Sometimes, all it takes is twisting the flush valve to get the water level back to normal. You could also try adjusting the float ball. In some cases, pipe leaks or water pressure problems are to blame, both of which require intervention from a professional plumber.
- Valve/flapper problem. Is your toilet constantly running after every flush? Not only does a running toilet waste water, it also makes it harder for it to flush again in the future. Often, the problem is a cracked or bent flapper seal. The problem could also come from water build-up inside the toilet’s fill valve. In either case, a plumber can replace the flapper seal or flush the fill valve, restoring proper function to your toilet.
- Handle problem. When you push the handle down to flush a toilet, it raises the flapper and sends water into the bowl. If your toilet isn’t responding when you push the handle down, it often means the handle is disconnected. Check for a loose nut or broken link in the chain connected to the flapper. Whether you need to buy a new chain or reconnect the parts, this is an easy fix you can usually do yourself.
- Drain line problem. If your toilet is functioning properly and it’s still not flushing right, the problem could lie deeper in your plumbing system. After waste leaves the toilet, it enters the drain line where it gets transported into a sewer or septic system. If you’re experiencing a drain line problem, you’ll notice the drains aren’t working throughout your property. You’ll need to contact your local plumber right away, since this problem requires a professional fix. Your plumber will determine whether you’re dealing with a simple clog or a drain line that’s broken or leaking.
There are several reasons why a toilet won’t flush the right way. Whether you’re dealing with a clog or a more extensive problem with your valves or drain lines, your local PipeMasters professional can make quick work of any issue. Contact us at email@example.com or call (289) 404-9063 to schedule an appointment to get your toilet flushing properly again.
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