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Fixing a Toilet that Won't Flush

It's simple; you need to be able to rely on your bathroom plumbing working well when you need it. When there is a problem, it can be extremely inconvenient and stressful. This is especially true when your toilet won't flush.

This vital plumbing fixture serves an essential role in each household. The good news is that there are a number of easy steps that even the most novice DIY handyman (or woman) can do to alleviate this problem.

Here is how you should proceed.

Faulty Flapper

“tankflapper”When you lift the lid off of your toilet tank, you will see a flapper at the bottom. This important piece is made of rubber, so it will eventually crack or warp, making it unable to do its job.

It is supposed to lift when the toilet is flushed to flush the water out, and then close the intake tube to stop the water flow to maintain correct water balance in the bowl.

This is an easy job. You head over to your local hardware store and get a new flapper. Drain the water from the tank and replace the broken flapper with a new one. Congratulations on fixing your bathroom plumbing!


Use a Bucket Instead

Did you know that you can flush your toilet without even touching the handle? You can fill a bucket with water and pour it down the toilet.

Because of the shape of the bowl and the pressure of the water, you'll be able to flush the contents of the bowl away naturally with gravity.

Even if your toilet isn't broken, this is a great trick to save money. Flushing the toilet uses a lot of water. If you do this instead, by reserving water in a bucket when you are waiting for the shower to heat up, for instance, you can reuse water and reduce your water bill.

When to Call the Plumber“callaprofessional”

If your toilet won't flush because it is clogged, then you might need to call in professional help. Sometimes you can remove a clog using a plunger or if you have a plumbing snake handy.

There are times where it makes more sense to rely on the pros (if the clog is re-occurring or particularly stubborn). Here is an extra DIY challenge for you.

Do you know how to see if you have a leak in your toilet? Put a dye tablet in the toilet tank. If the color seeps through to the bowl, you have a leak. Call your Ruston, LA plumber for help with your bathroom plumbing.