When a toilet doesn’t flush, it has a mechanical or hardware problem. Although there are ways to correct the issue, it’s best to let a professional plumber in Spicewood, TX, fix the toilet that fails to flush. However, as a homeowner, you’ll need to know the reason your toilet won’t flush so that you can prepare for professional maintenance or repair.

Clog

A basic clog occurs after someone flushes too much paper down the bowl. Your toilet will also clog if you flush other items besides toilet paper down the drain.

Clogs that completely block a drain will require maintenance by a plumber. Depending on the type of clog, a plumber will remove the source using an auger or a plunger.

Low Water Level

Your toilet won’t flush properly if the water in the tank is very low. While a toilet is operating efficiently, the water will be about an inch underneath the overflow tube. If it’s lower than this, you may need to check the water valve because you might need to turn it on.

If your toilet still doesn’t flush, it has a more complicated problem. When this happens, it’s time to call a plumber.

Damaged Flapper

The flapper in the tank controls water flow before and after flushes. If the flapper becomes damaged, water will constantly flow into the bowl, and this will cause a flushing problem.

To correct this problem, a plumber will have to replace the flapper. A plumber must replace any flapper that’s bent or warped to restore the seal.

Defective Lift Chain

Over time, a toilet’s lift chain will gain slack. When there’s slack, the flapper won’t release water properly. In this situation, a plumber must readjust the chain so that it will function in sync with the flusher handle.

If you need help fixing a toilet that won’t flush, call Woods Comfort Systems to schedule an appointment for our plumbing services. We also fix and replace leaky pipes.

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