Toilet Problems

Why Won’t My Toilet Flush?

No one likes going to flush the toilet and finding out it’s just not happening. But don’t freak out just yet. If you have ever asked yourself “why won’t my toilet flush?”, keep reading to learn the likely culprits and how you can take care of them. And for all your plumbing and drain cleaning needs, feel free to call on our experts at EnviroSafe.

6 Common Reasons Your Toilet Isn’t Flushing

  1. Drain Clogs: Everyone has to deal with them at some point; clogs are one of the biggest problems for your toilet, but they don’t always prevent you from flushing. Oftentimes, you just need to plunge your toilet first, so you can flush it again without the bowl overflowing. However, these smaller clogs, towards the top of the bowl, aren’t usually enough to fully stop your toilet from flushing. Deeper obstructions in the line, however, can cause flushing problems. You may need to use a toilet auger, or call a plumber to deal with this type of blockage. Just remember, if you want to avoid clogs, try not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper. Paper towels, tampons, and even so-called “flushable” wipes can cause nasty clogs if you flush too many at a time.
  2. Disconnected Handle & Chain: A disconnected handle and chain is among the most common reasons for a toilet not to flush. This is because the chain connects the handle you use to flush to the flapper, which is the valve that holds the water in your toilet tank. This chain can accidentally get disconnected for any number of reasons, or in some cases, the chain may not even be long enough for your flapper to seal properly (this can also cause that running noise you sometimes hear coming from your toilet.) Other times, the chain may be too long, and it won’t be able to lift the flapper at all. The good news is that it’s easy to fix this, either by reattaching the chain to the flapper or replacing the chain entirely. And speaking of the flapper…
  3. Flapper That Won’t Close: Because the flapper is what lets water in and out of your toilet, if it doesn’t close, water ill just run and run, and you won’t be able to flush. Flappers can wear down for many reasons over time, but if yours is not creating a seal, you can easily buy a new one and replace it, or call a plumber to replace it for you.
  4. Cracked Overflow Tube: Your toilet’s overflow tube helps empty water from the bowl every time you flush, thereby, as the name suggests, preventing an overflow. The pressure on these tubes can cause them to crack over time, forcing you to replace them. If an overflow does happen in your bathroom, call a plumber right away to find out if you need to replace your overflow tube or if there is another issue with your toilet.
  5. Tank That Won’t Fill Up: If your toilet tank does not have enough water in the bowl, there will not be enough pressure for you to achieve the strong flush necessary to properly clear waste. Find the float and the fill line in the back of your tank if this is happening, and watch the water drain as you flush. If the tube is not refilling the water before the float reaches the fill line, adjust the float so that the arm connects it to the refill tube. Flush again to see if this has taken care of the issue, and if it hasn’t, then call a plumber.
  6. Dirty Toilet Jets: Toilet jets are the little holes around the rim of the bowl. Every time you flush, the water in the tank rinses the surface through these openings, creating the swirling effect we’re all used to seeing in our toilet bowls. But lime or corrosion can clog the jets over time, and when this happens, that swirl will start to slow down, and you won’t be able to adequately get rid of waste. Luckily, you can clean your jets with water and bleach or a solution of vinegar, scrubbing with an old toothbrush or another sharp object to get rid of this nasty build-up. Check with a mirror to see if your jets are still clogged after cleaning. As always, do not hesitate to hire a plumber if you want someone to clear the jets for you.

Do you need to have your toilet repaired? Call EnviroSafe today at (856) 878-2806, or send us a message online.

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