Having a toilet that does not flush properly can be extremely frustrating! Its inconvenient, leaves a mess and can waste water if you are constantly trying to 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 how to correct 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. It is very easy to overfill it with toilet paper or accidentally flush a foreign matter down it. This will defiantly 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 plunger a few times to loosen up the material and giving the flush another go.
Low Water Level
The low water level in the cistern may be an indication of a worn out valve on the outlet washer, causing the water that is refilling the cistern to leak into the bowl. The cistern won’t be able to fill up if there is a leak. Alternatively, if the Inlet valve is faulty, it is not filling up the cistern effectively. Replacing of these parts usually does the trick. Both of 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 down the cistern, 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.
Blocked or broken pipes
If you have exhausted all of these options above and your toilet is still not flushing, it may be due to 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 licenced plumber have a 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 the reasons for your toilet is not flushing.
If these tips helped you solve your toilet flushing problem then great, give yourself a pat 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 plumbing in Sydney!