When it doesn’t flush, people immediately know there is an issue with the toilet. Today, we at The Original $49.95 Plumber would like to share the most common issues and what you can do to fix it though there are quite a few reasons that can be causing it.
Why Do Toilets Clog?
Toilet clogs are the most common, and perhaps the most obvious. Human waste or toilet paper is the only thing that should ever be flushed. You will instantly create clogs when you treat your toilet like a garbage dumpster. When it won’t flush, the first thing you should do is try plunging a toilet. Be sure you are using a flange plunger since the cup will help you create a better seal in the toilet bowl. If in the event plunging proves to be ineffective, consider investing in drain cleaning services. The clogs that a plunger can’t remove can be cleared out by a pro.
Warped Toilet Flapper
The toilet’s flapper opens and closes whenever you flush, and this permits water to run from the tank into the bowl. When you depress your toilet’s handle, you are actually lifting the flapper. Over time the flapper can bend, or warp since the flapper itself is in contact with moving water all the time. The rubber, cup-like fixture located at the bottom of the toilet tank is the flapper, access it by opening the back tank of your toilet. The flapper covers the hole that leads from the tank to the bowl. You should be easily telling if the flapper is too warped to properly cover the flush tube hole. Should the flapper appear warped, broken, or damaged in any way, it will need to be replaced. At any hardware, home improvement, or some department stores you can purchase a flapper. Begin draining the toilet tank by removing the chain from the warped flapper and connect the new flapper. Most plumbers can help get the right flapper and get it installed for you if you need to.
How Long Should the Chain in the Toilet Be?
Connected by chain, the flapper is attached to the toilet handle. When you depress the handle, the chain yanks up the flapper and initiates the toilet’s flush. It will not be capable of yanking up the flapper if the toilet chain is too long. If the flapper doesn’t rise the toilet doesn’t flush. However, flapper won’t close properly if the chain’s too short. When the flapper doesn’t close, the toilet never stops running. You can fix chain problems relatively easily by adjusting the chain’s length. Make sure you do not overextend the direction for the fix while making the adjustments when you inspect the chain and assess if it is too long or short.
Problems with Overflow Tube in Toilet Tank?
In the tank is the toilet’s overflow tube, which is next to the refill tube. The overflow tubes help empty water directly into the bowl during a flush. These tubes are not infallible, unfortunately. With the toilet’s constant pressing, damage occurs such as cracks. If the tube does crack, water will run into it instead of past it. Replace the overflow tube to restore the performance.