Why Your Toilet Won’t Flush

Few things are as frustrating as when your toilet won’t flush. You pull the handle down just like always, but this time nothing happens. There are several issues that could cause a problem.

What’s the Problem: Why the Toilet Won’t Flush

Here are a few reasons that may prevent your toilet from flushing:

  • If your toilet handle is easily pushed down, but the water in your toilet bowl doesn’t go down, the problem might just be the flushing handle. It may simply need to be reconnected. This is fairly easy to do. Just open the tank at the toilet’s back and look for the little chain that attaches to the flushing handle. Normally whenever you flush your toilet, this chain raises a flapper so that the water is then poured into the toilet’s bowl. If the chain becomes detached, it will be unable to raise the flapper as required.
  • Check your toilet’s water level. Is your tank at the back of your toilet filling enough? If your tank is running empty and if it doesn’t have enough water, it won’t be able to flush. You can try turning the toilet’s flush valve to see if it can be manually adjusted.
  • Is your toilet flushing but then the water never stops running? This is of course a double-headed problem as now you can’t flush the toilet again, and the running water is also an expensive wasted resource. This problem may be a signal that it is time to replace your toilet’s flapper.

A Clogged Toilet

Just like a sink or a bathtub, a toilet can also become clogged. The first tool you may want to reach for is a good old-fashioned plunger. However, the clog might be too far in the pipes, or it might be too big for you to handle on your own. In those cases, the best choice is to reach out to a professional from BPI Plumbing. Get in touch with us today!

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