Having a toilet that does not flush properly can be highly frustrating! It’s inconvenient, leaves a mess and can waste water if you constantly flush it. If you’re having a problem with the toilet not flushing, there is no need to panic, and more often than not, it’s due to a minor issue that can be easily fixed on the spot.
Here are some common toilet flush issues and tips on correcting these problems with your toilet. These tips are great for you to try at home, and don’t forget to contact your trusty local plumber if you feel that the toilet needs that little bit of extra TLC.
Common Reasons Your Toilet Won’t Flush
- Blocked toilet
- Low water level
- The flush button is broken
- Something wrong with the outlet valve
- Blocked pipe sewer line — roots, broken pipes, pipe belly
A blockage can be the most common issue your toilet will have when it does not flush. Toilet papers flushed down when they shouldn’t be, is the usual cause of clogs in your toilet. Even if it says on the package of your tissues and wipes they’re safe for flushing — they’re not. They’re made not to tear easily, and thus, this makes them hard to break so they can pass through your pipes.
Other material or debris flushed down the toilet can cause your headache too. Unknown to you, your children could’ve accidentally dropped their toys and flushed them, causing the clog. Or you dropped a bar of soap, and you thought it melted away. Some might have, but residues could be solidified and are now stuck in your pipes.
It is straightforward to overfill it with toilet paper or accidentally flush a foreign matter down. This will make it hard to flush as the blockage makes it hard for the water to go past. To unblock your toilet, you can start by using a plunger a few times to loosen up the material and give the flush another go.
Low Water Level
The low water level in the cistern may indicate a worn-out valve on the outlet washer, causing the water refilling the cistern to leak into the bowl. The cistern won’t fill up if there is a leak. Alternatively, if the Inlet valve is faulty, it is not filling up the cistern effectively. Replacing these parts usually does the trick. These can be purchased at your local hardware and supply store, such as Reece Plumbing or Bunnings.
Flush Button and Outlet Valve
The flush button, which lifts the outlet valve to flush water in the tank, can become detached or stuck from continuous use, dirt and grime. Regular cleaning with soapy water or replacing the flush button will usually do the trick. The flush button activates the outlet valve, and if the actual valve itself has deteriorated, it will not be able to release the water down the cistern. Again you can purchase a new flush button or outlet valve from your local hardware store and replace the parts yourself.
If you have exhausted all of these options above and your toilet is still not flushing, it may be an underlying issue in your pipes connecting to the toilet. Having tree roots in your pipes or a crack will cause the toilet to block up and the water to drain slowly. All of your drains and pipes are connected in your home and if your toilet has had a flush issue for quite some time, then having your local licensed plumber look at your pipes is the best option. By using high tech CCTV cameras, the plumber will be able to thoroughly investigate and fix blocked drains or pipes and ultimately find why your toilet is not flushing.
If your toilet continues to be stubborn and won't flush, you could try doing the following:
- Try a special toilet or drain cleaning enzyme or chemical product
- Cook up your mix of baking soda and vinegar
- Buy or borrow an exceptional plumbing 'snake' to get deeper into that drain
- Try a wet vacuum
If these tips helped you solve your toilet flushing problem, then great, pat yourself on the back! But if your toilet still won’t flush, don’t panic. It’s time to call a toilet repair expert to fix the problem. Get in touch with the Fixed Today team for your expert plumbing service in Sydney!