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Why Won’t My Toilet Flush? 6 Things To Try If Your Toilet Won’t Flush

6 October

Is your toilet not flushing? We’ve all been there before, so we all know that sinking feeling very well. You stand up, press the button and… the toilet won’t flush!

And here you thought you were having the best of days. But it never happens conveniently, and it never seems to be an easy fix.

However, although your face is red and your pants are around your ankles, just because the toilet’s not flushing, it doesn’t mean the world is ending. It’s probably not a big deal at all and you don’t have to call an emergency plumber yet.

Want to have a go at fixing that toilet tank yourself before calling in a very professional service? Go for it! Just make sure you have the Gold Coast Plumbing Company’s number close by if you need help from further toilet repairs to toilet cistern replacement!

So, let’s get into the whole process of fixing a toilet not flushing properly!

Why Is My Toilet Not Flushing Properly?

Inside A Dual Flush Toilet


1. The Button

Don’t go wild yet with panic! It’s highly possible it’s not a broken toilet. But it could be that the toilet won’t flush because there’s something wrong with the flushing button itself. When you push a button, turn a lever, or pull a chain, your toilet flushes. 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.

2. The Insides

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. Check to see if something is damaged or broken within the toilet cisterns. If you cannot see anything, you may call a plumber.

3. Is There Toilet Water?

Aside from those simple parts, water should be found inside that cistern. Is there a water supply? The water should be getting delivered to your toilet bowl in the form of a flush. If there’s no water, your toilet won’t flush. It could indicate that the problem is with your water level supply rather than your throne (check other taps), or the cistern inlet valve is blocked.

4. Don’t Keep Flushing

What happens if your toilet is flushing, it just isn’t flushing correctly? Perhaps you flush the toilet, and the bowl fills up with water but doesn’t drain. The first thing to do is stop flushing! The only thing worse than a toilet that won’t flush is an unflushed toilet that overflows all over the floor. And you don’t want that to raise your panic to another level!

5. Clear A Clog

If point 4 is experienced, the problem is not with the flushing mechanism. If the water is from your toilet is not draining, it is most likely you have a clogged toilet drain. Even so, it might not be a big deal. Blocked toilets are common. 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 the wrist-reach. So don’t be shy and give it a go. You might even find that mobile phone that went missing last Tuesday!

6. Take The Plunge

If it’s not a blatant obstruction 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. Once you press that flusher button, the problem will be solved with a little more luck.

Toilet Still Won’t Flush? Don’t Be Scared!

If you’ve got to this point and your toilet continue to be stubborn and 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 mix of baking soda and vinegar
  • Buy or borrow an exceptional plumbing ‘snake’ to get deeper into that drain
  • Try a wet vacuum

Or you can contact our emergency plumbers anytime, whether your toilet won’t flush at all or it’s just slow to empty or fill — we are happy to help!


Clearing Toilet Tank With Rubber Glove


Are you still having no luck? Don’t wait for guests to visit and use your toilet. Although misery loves company, you might only be putting them in an embarrassing situation, and at the end of the day, it’s your toilet. And you might find yourself fixing the mess your friends and family left.

So, call in the trusted local plumbers that Gold Coast residents trust. The Gold Coast Plumbing Company are seasoned experts in 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 fixed or replaced.

We’ll solve your plumbing problems in a jiffy! And for your plumbing maintenance, we’ve got a full range of plumbing services to cater to your needs. Whether you are in Labrador, Pacific Pines, Helensvale or anywhere across the Gold Coast, we can take care of your plumbing issues, reach out to our team today.