Why Isn’t My Toilet Flushing? 

Aug 5, 2022 | Cincinnati, Five Star, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Plumbing, Tips & Tricks, Toilet

A toilet that won’t flush is one of the most prevalent and frustrating plumbing problems homeowners can have. Not only is this inconvenient, but it may also become a sanitary issue. Unfortunately, most homeowners take their toilets for granted until something goes wrong with them. Thankfully, our plumbing specialists at Five Star Cincinnati Plumbing are able to offer some insight into what might be wrong with your toilet that won’t flush and how to fix it. 

Do You Have A Clog In The Toilet? 

A stopped-up or clogged toilet occurs when you flush your toilet, and only more water enters the bowl. A clogged toilet is one of the most prevalent plumbing issues in homes. It usually happens if people in the house use too much toilet paper or flush non-flushable items, such as feminine hygiene products and paper towels. Unfortunately, this problem is unavoidable, but it’s a simple solution! If your toilet is blocked, you can either remove the objects if they are stuck on a surface level or use a plunger to dislodge them if they have previously been flushed and are lodged. 

Are Your Toilet’s Water Levels Low? 

To thoroughly flush a toilet, it must be filled with a significant amount of water, about 80% of the toilet’s water capacity. However, if your toilet’s tank lacks water, the bowl will not receive enough to flush successfully. Manufacturers typically put a line on the inside of the tank next to the overflow tube to show how much water should be in your toilet’s tank. If the water in your toilet’s tank is too low, you’ll need to adjust its float. A float ball is a large rubber ball that floats upwards as the volume of water in the tank rises to prevent water from flowing into the tank when enough water has entered. Increasing the amount of water that flows through your toilet’s tank will result in a successful flush if you change the float ball. 

Have You Checked The Condition Of Your Toilet’s Flapper? 

Is your toilet flapper out of whack? A warped flapper may be the cause. A toilet’s flapper is a tiny rubber seal linked to the lift chain that closes the hole in your toilet’s tank. The lift chain raises the flapper when you pull down your toilet’s handle, allowing water to flow into the bowl. When the toilet handle isn’t used for flushing, the flapper’s responsibility is to ensure that the hole from the tank to the bowl is closed. If the flapper is distorted, damaged, or outdated, it may not be doing its job. Check the lift chain for excess slack to ensure it isn’t excessively long. Because the length of a lift chain should be an inch and a half, trim it if it is longer than that. If your toilet’s flapper is not working properly, but the lift chain is in good shape, you may need to call your local plumbing expert to fix the problem. 

When Is It Time to Get In Touch With The Plumbing Professionals? 

Even after going through all this information and still being unable to flush your toilet, it’s time to call Five Star Cincinnati Plumbing. There could be several different reasons as to why your toilet won’t flush; let us handle it! Hiring specialists with the experience and understanding to get the job done quickly and reasonably is ideal! Call us today at (513) 204-9944, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here