Trying to flush the toilet and it just won’t work? This can be an embarrassing situation and Drain Doctor is here to provide a few tips that might help. When a toilet won’t flush, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask. Is it just the handle that’s not working? Is it a plumbing issue? Is there a clog? These are a few of the questions we’ll help you answer and get you on your way to a better functioning toilet.
Is Your Toilet Clogged?
It’s important to only flush items in your toilet that are meant to be flushed. This can be especially tricky when there are small children or animals inside the house who may throw toys and other large items in there. The only things that should be flushed are waste and toilet paper. Wipes and other items can eventually clog the system and cause it to stop working. Even if your pipe system is partially clogged, the toilet will flush a little less than usual. In the case of a clog, use a plunger to loosen whatever is inside. If this doesn’t work, try turning off the toilet water, emptying it, then pouring hot water. If the toilet is still not flushing, it may be a good idea to call our local plumbers at the Drain Doctor. We’ll take a thorough look and get your toilet working again.
Check The Handle and Chain
If the toilet handle doesn’t do anything when you push it down, it may be the issue. A disconnected handle is an easy fix if it is the only problem. To check if this is the case, lift the lid off of your toilet tank. Check that both ends of the chain are connected. If they aren’t, simply clip them back into place and try to flush the toilet. That should fix the issue. If the toilet still does not flush, pull the handle to check if the chain is the right size. When you press the handle, the chain should be short enough so that it lifts the flapper open fully and also allows it to close tightly. If you are still having trouble, give us a call at the Drain Doctor. We’re here to help!
What’s The Flapper Got to Do with It?
At the bottom of your toilet tank, there is a rubber valve called the flapper. This valve opens and closes each time you flush. If the handle is disconnected or the chains are the wrong length, the valve won’t function properly. Also, since the flapper is in constant contact with water, it can bend and lose its shape over time. To check if your flapper is functioning properly, inspect for any tears or damages to the valve. Does it seal tightly when closed? Does it lift properly when you press the flush handle? Replacing the valve can be a simple and inexpensive fix. Try it out. If it still doesn’t help, we’re standing by and ready to help. Give us a call at Drain Doctor!