Toilet Won’t Flush Completely or At All

As homeowners, we can all agree that there are few things more annoying than your toilet faltering when you need it most. But like any other home appliance, your porcelain throne will encounter the occasional issue and need some do-it-yourself magic to get back in working order.

4 Reasons Your Toilet Won’t Flush

One of the most common plumbing problems homeowners experience is a toilet that won’t flush completely or won’t flush at all. Fortunately, once you find the source of the issue, this is typically an easy fix. Here’s an easy how-to for getting started.

1. The Toilet is Clogged

A clog can prevent your toilet from flushing all the way or at all, but you can usually remedy this issue using a plunger or a drain snake.

Plunger: Luckily, for about 90 percent of clogged toilets, all you need is a plunger. To unclog your toilet, start by taking your plunger (we recommend a plunger with an extension flange) and place it over the toilet drain. Begin plunging, softly at first, so you don’t splash water on the floor (or yourself) and then vigorously as you feel the air escape the plunger. Stick with it, since unclogging the toilet may take a few minutes.

Don’t have a plunger handy? Check out our article: How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger.

Drain Snake: For more serious clogs, snaking the drain may be necessary. We recommend purchasing a drain snake with a small head, so you don’t risk breaking the drain pipe. Once you have your drain snake, start by unwinding three to four feet of cable from the winding spindle and place the drain snake into the opening of the toilet bowl. After you insert the drain snake, turn the device clockwise, without forcing it. Once the drain snake comes in contact with the clog, wind the drain snake back and remove the debris.

Related article: How to Snake a Toilet With an Auger

2. The Toilet Flapper Needs to Be Replaced

In every toilet, there is a rubber flapper designed to release water via the intake hole whenever the toilet is flushed. Similarly, the flapper functions to stop the water so the right amount of water remains in the toilet tank. Over time, the flapper can bend, warp and lose its functionality resulting in subpar or nonexistent flushing power.

Replacing this part of your toilet is inexpensive and straightforward, even for a plumbing novice. Once you’ve bought the replacement flapper, turn off the water and drain your toilet’s tank before swapping the old with the new.

For more information, check out our article: How to Replace a Toilet Flapper

3. The Toilet Lift Chain is Broken

The lift chain attaches the flapper to the handle on your toilet, but the lift chain can have too much or too little slack and cause your toilet to inadequately flush. Give the handle on your toilet a jiggle and see if there is too much or too little resistance. If there is, all you need to do is adjust the length of the chain.

For more information, check out our article: How to Fix a Toilet Lift Chain

4. The Toilet Doesn’t Have Enough Water

When there is too little water in your toilet, it won’t flush properly. How you fill your toilet is dependent on the type of toilet you have. For toilets with a float ball in the tank, bend the arm of float ball up, which should raise the water level. For toilets with an intake assembly in the tank, locate the metal rod and slide the clip upwards until you reach the right water level.

For more information, check out our article: How to Fix Low Water Level in a Toilet Bowl

Call Sansone for Toilet Repair in South Florida

For plumbing issues you can’t fix yourself, give the professionals at Sansone a call. We offer affordable plumbing services in Palm Beach, Broward and Port St. Lucie, Fla. and can remedy a faulty toilet quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to get your free estimate or schedule an appointment — and be sure to check back here for more helpful tips on plumbing, electricity and air conditioning for your home.
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