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We’ve all been there before, so we all know that sinking feeling very well. You stand up, press the button and … oh dear. Toilet won’t flush. It never happens at a convenient moment, and it never seems to be an easy fix.
But although your face is red and your pants are around your ankles, just because the toilet won’t flush doesn’t mean the world is ending. In fact, it’s probably not a big deal at all.
It’s certainly not a big deal for our emergency plumbers – whether your toilet won’t flush at all or it’s just slow to empty or fill.
Want to have a go at fixing that unflushable toilet yourself? Go for it! Just make sure you have the Gold Coast Plumbing Company’s number close by if you need help from repairs to toilet cistern replacement!
So, you want to know how to fix a toilet that won’t flush?
It could be that the toilet won’t flush because there’s something wrong with the flushing button itself. Your toilet flushes when you push a button, turn a lever or pull a chain – so does that mechanism feel normal? Is it all limp or stuck? Do you press it and there’s utter silence? It could be that the linkage mechanism is disconnected or broken.
If there’s something wrong with the actual toilet, and it’s not the button, then you’ll have to dig a little deeper. Most toilet insides can be easily accessed by taking off the cistern lid, revealing the simple mechanisms that handle the flushing process within. Is there something obviously damaged, worn or broken?
As well as those simple parts, what you should find inside that cistern is water – the water that should be getting delivered to your toilet bowl in the form of a flush. If there’s no water, your toilet won’t flush – which could indicate that the problem is with your water supply rather than your throne (check other taps), or the cistern inlet valve is blocked.
But what if the toilet IS flushing, but just not flushing properly? Perhaps you flush and the bowl fills up with water but doesn’t drain – the rule here is to stop flushing! The only thing worse than a toilet that won’t flush is an unflushed toilet that overflows all over the floor!
If that’s what is happening, the problem is not that the toilet won’t flush, but that the toilet is clogged. Even so, it might not be a big deal. Hopefully, you’ve got some rubber gloves handy – so put them on and prepare to do some digging. It could be that you have a simple (ahem) ‘obstruction’ within wrist-reach. So don’t be shy and give it a go – you might even find that mobile phone that went missing last Tuesday!
If it’s not an obvious obstruction that is causing the problem, it’s time to grab that plunger. The plunging method is pretty simple – make sure the business end is submerged and start vigorously pushing and pulling on that tight seal. If you’re lucky, the clog will unclog and the water will drain. With a little more luck, once you press that flusher button, the problem will be solved.
If you’ve got to this point and your toilet still won’t flush, it’s still not time to panic. You could:
* Try a special toilet or drain cleaning enzyme or chemical product
* Cook up your own mix of baking soda and vinegar
* Buy or borrow a special plumbing ‘snake’ to get deeper into that drain
* Try a wet vacuum
* Give our article about unblocking a drain a quick read.
Still, having no luck because that toilet won’t flush? It’s time to call in the cavalry. The guys at the Gold Coast Plumbing Company are seasoned experts when it comes to fixing that ‘toilet won’t flush’ emergency. No drain can’t be unblocked, no leak or drip can’t be stopped, and no toilet can’t be either fixed or replaced. Whether you are in Labrador, Pacific Pines, Helensvale or anywhere across the Gold Coast, reach out to our team today.