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What to Do When Your Toilet Won’t Flush

Toilets that won’t flush are far more than a mere annoyance. A toilet that gets backed up or doesn’t flush properly is embarrassing and dangerous for your health. Waste material is never meant to stay in the bowl for any amount of time, and any issue causing a delay in flushing must be addressed immediately.

If you need to know what to do when your toilet won’t flush, keep reading to learn the three best ways to unclog your bathroom and fix a toilet that won’t flush.

Hydrojetting Offers Effective Results

pressured waterIf you find that you have stopped up pipes frequently clogging your toilet and causing it to flush improperly you may need professional service. When your pipes have gone beyond responding to the occasional plunge to clear away clogs, it might be time for a service called hydro-jetting.

Hydro-jetting is a service performed by plumbers that uses high-pressure water to push through and break up any stubborn clogs that might not be getting dislodging from your pipes with regular plunging.

The blast of high-pressure water will not only remove blockages and buildup but will clean your pipes thoroughly, ensuring the free flow of water and preventing future clogs.

Check the Water Level

Sometimes a low flush level can be explained easily by checking the water in the toilet tank. If there isn’t enough water in the tank, there won’t be enough force to flush waste down through the pipes, causing a backup and excess of waste to be left in the bowl. When there is enough water, however, your toilet should flush properly every time.

water level

The easiest way to test the water level is to flush and see whether all the water in the bowl is removed during the flush. If the tank doesn’t have enough water, you’ll see a very sluggish flush. If it does, however, you should see the toilet bowl fill with fresh water during the flush, and refill afterward.

Flushing Mechanisms Also break

flush handleIf you don’t seem to have clogs in your pipe and the water level in your tank is where it should be, a third area to examine is the flush handle itself. Broken handles are a common source of low flush issues. Every flush handle is connected to a water leveler and a flapper.

The flapper ensures that water will flow into the toilet bowl during a flush and refill afterward. The water leveler ensures that your toilet tank is refilled with the proper amount of water after each flush.

If the plastic pieces connecting the handle to either the leveler or the flapper is broken, it will result in an inadequate flush. Breakage on any part of the flush handle causes the flapper and the water leveler to work incorrectly and each time you flush the toilet, the water flow will be ineffective and slow.

Trusted, Expert Plumbers

Allens Plumbing serves the Maui, Hawaii area for all their plumbing needs. They are rated as a “best of” company by Home Advisor and pride themselves on providing an accurate diagnosis with personal attention for each service call. If you need plumbing maintenance, clogged toilet repairs, or emergency services, Allens Plumbing has expert plumbers for the job.