Yikes! Your toilet won’t flush! What should you do? The first thing is- don’t panic. The second thing is- consider what might be preventing your toilet from flushing and how can you correct it. The good news is that there are several super-easy hacks that will get your toilet to flush again.
This is one bathroom plumbing fixture that even the most inexperienced DIY handyman/handywoman can deal with successfully. Here is your guide to fixing a toilet that won’t flush.
Realize When You Need Professional Help
Before you even begin, is this a job that you should call in professional help for? While most minor bathroom plumbing issues can be handled on your own, if it is more serious- or if you don’t have the time to dedicate to dealing with the issue, it is smart to call in reinforcements.
One issue that will require professional help is plumbing clogs. If this is what is keeping your toilet from flushing, make the call. You can prevent a lot of toilet clogs from happening in the first place, simply by being careful about what you put in the toilet. Don’t put things like diapers, garbage, food scraps or sanitary napkins. If you’ve got kids, supervise them to make sure that they don’t use too much toilet paper.
Is the Flapper the Problem?
At the bottom of your toilet tank is the flapper. The flapper regulates the flow of water in and out of the toilet bowl when you flush. If the flapper is damaged, this function does not occur, which means that your toilet won’t flush.
It is common for flappers to break down over time as they are made of rubber. So if your toilet is older, this is most likely the problem. To replace the flapper, lift the tank lid; drain the tank; remove the old flapper and replace with a new one.
Pour a Bowl of Water Into the Toilet Bowl
To get your toilet to flush, it may be as simple as pouring a large bowl of water into the toilet bowl.
Combining the strength of the pouring water, the shape of the toilet bowl and gravity is enough to naturally flush away the contents of the toilet bowl.
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