When it comes to the toilet, people immediately know there is an issue when it doesn’t flush. Though there are quite a few reasons that can be causing it, we at The Original $49.95 Plumber would like to share the most common issues and what you can do to fix it.
Though this is the most obvious, it is still the most common. It is vital that you only flush waste or toilet paper. Treating your toilet like a garbage dumpster will instantly create clogs. The first thing you should do is try plunging a toilet when it won’t flush. Since the cup will help you create a better seal in the toilet bowl, make certain you are using a flange plunger. Consider investing in drain cleaning services should plunging prove to be ineffective. Professionals can clear out a clog a plunger can’t.
Toilet Flapper Leaking
Whenever you flush, the toilet’s flapper opens and closes, which allows water to run from the tank into the bowl. You are actually lifting the flapper when you depress your toilet’s handle. The flapper itself is in contact with moving water all the time and because of this, over time the flapper can bend, or warp. Open the back tank of your toilet and examine the flapper, which is rubber, cup-like fixture located at the bottom of the toilet tank. The hole that leads from the tank to the bowl is covered by the flapper. If the flapper is too warped to properly cover the flush tube hole, you should be easily tell. You will need to replace the flapper if it looks warped, broken, or damaged in any way. Flappers can be found at any hardware, home improvement, or some department stores. Start by draining, toilet tank, remove the chain from the warped flapper and connect the new flapper. If you need to, most plumbers can help get the right flapper and get it installed for you.
Toilet Chain Adjustment
The flapper to the toilet handle is connected to the chain. The chain yanks up the flapper and initiates the toilet’s flush when you depress the handle. Should the toilet chain be too long, it will not be capable of yanking up the flapper. The toilet doesn’t flush if the flapper doesn’t rise. If the chain’s too short, however, then the flapper won’t close properly. The toilet never stops running when the flapper doesn’t close. By adjusting the chain’s length, you can fix chain problems relatively easily. Check the chain and assess if it is too long or short, and make sure you do not over extend the direction for the fix while making the adjustments.
Toilet Overflow Tube Leaking
Included in the tank is the toilet’s overflow tube. It is next to the refill tube. During a flush, overflow tubes help empty water directly into the bowl. Unfortunately, these tubes are not infallible. Damage occurs as the toilet’s constant pressing can easily crack as well. Water will run into it instead of past it if the tube does crack. To restore the performance, replace the overflow tube.
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