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How To Fix A Toilet That Won’t Flush

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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

Blocked Toilet

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!

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We moved into our new house without realizing there was a blockage. Steve’s service was outstanding. He arrived and was on the way to solving the issue within an hour of us calling. His no-nonsense approach has allowed us to be excited to move into our new home again. Thanks so much.

Hayley Legg
Google

Highly recommend. Marvin fixed a blocked drain at our home. He was friendly, upfront with the pricing and clean. He also provided suggestions on how to prevent the problem from happening again which was considerate and nice. I would call them again!

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Highly recommended. After calling another plumber, our blocked shower and basin was still not fixed. Marvin came to the rescue. Same day service – he was on time, honest, and knew exactly what needed to be done to get the job completed the first time!! I will be calling again!

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Highly recommend! We were recommended by a friend who used Fixed today and we could not be happier. The job was carried out exactly the way it was explained and they even cleaned up.

Andrew David
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We had two separate issues, a burst pipe in the laundry and the hot water system needed replacement. The team came on the same day and fixed the leak and replaced the hot water system. Very professional, friendly, clean and efficient. I would recommend Fixed Today to all my friends.

Bianca McConell
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Nothing was too much for Steve and Jamie. They sourced a new toilet cistern and fitted it the same day. All cleaned up after the job was done too. Highly recommended.

Alan Greaves
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Had Steven over and he solved my tab and got water issues so quickly! Called the next day to check up and ensure all was working well. Really hard to get good service these days and this company deserves massive praise!!! Amazing service

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Prompt to arrange inspection and find issue. Pricing was a bit expensive, but did a good job. Steve is easy to communicate with and returns calls.

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Thanks for fixing my blocked drain efficiently and with little fuss. Great service from Mathew and Marvin. 5 Stars!

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I found Steve and his team on here – After speaking to approx. 6 other plumbers Steve answered all our questions and had his team here to fix our problem within the hour (in the dark!) Might I also say he was the cheapest! I would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking for a plumber that doesn’t want to rip you off. Thanks again Steve.
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Craig
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Thanks to the team at Fixed Today. Great fast friendly service. Got the job done right first time no hassles. Highly recommended.

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These guys are awesome, I had a leaking pipe in the morning they instructed me to turn the water off at the main until they came they where there with in the hour and fixed the pipe and mind you the price was very reasonable.. Thanks guys.

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Vanessa Va
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Thanks Steve for a great job , you and your team are great due to your reliability and honesty Also very well priced ! Well recommend and use your services again

George Zab
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Thanks very much Steve for coming at such short notice to help fix our toilet! Rescued us from another long weekend of hassle. A very professional job! Highly recommended!

Gareth
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Norma Bahb
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Roger Mendis
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