A toilet that doesn't flush or weakly flushes, allowing contaminated water to overflow or come dangerously close to the rim of the toilet, is cause for concern. If plunging your toilet doesn't alleviate the problem (or your toilet has to be flushed every time you use it), then it's time to call for emergency plumber services.
Learn why your toilet doesn't flush in the first place so you can avoid toilet issues in the future.
Common bathroom items that should never be flushed down a toilet include:
- Cotton swabs/balls
- Sanitary napkins/tampons
Toilet paper designed for sewer use is the only item that you should flush down a toilet. The reason why is this: toilet paper is designed to break down inside your home's sewer system, preventing clogs and backflow. Any foreign object, even if it appears to flush normally at first, will eventually cause a backlog in your toilet, leading to pricey plumbing repairs.
Keep a garbage can with a lid next to your toilet to dispose of anything other than toilet paper and human waste, including tissues. Even dental floss can cause a toilet clog by catching other matter in its string.
Lack of Water
A toilet with no water in it cannot flush properly, if at all. The water supply valve located at the back of your tank may be broken or leaking, causing your toilet to not fill properly.
Try this test: pour a bucket of water into your toilet, and see if the unit automatically flushes without issue. If so, then the water supply may have an issue that your plumber can fix.
The flapper located in the back of your toilet is responsible for managing water flow. Your water basin will fill to a point and then stop running, allowing your toilet to be ready for its next flush.
When the flapper isn't sealed right or is broken, your toilet will always sound like it's running. Jiggle the flapper up and down or lift the chain until you hear a gentle thunk and the sound of water stopping. Wait a few minutes, and then flush. Your toilet should flush again. If not, then you need to call your plumber. Your plumber will replace an old or faulty flapper.
A leaking toilet is a plumbing emergency. A pipe runs from your toilet into your sewer line, and if your toilet leaks, contaminated water can potentially damage your bathroom floors and make your family ill.
Interior toilet leaking is usually flapper or valve-related and involves improper water flow from the basin to the toilet bowl. If you notice any water on your bathroom floor surrounding your toilet, call for emergency plumbing services.
Plunging your toilet should dislodge clogs that are close to the toilet bowl and not further down the sewer line. Small clogs are usually pushed along by strong plunging as well. When plunging your toilet, apply water to your toilet bowl as you plunge to encourage flushing.
If plunging doesn't work or is required after every flush, you're doing more harm than good by potentially shifting difficult matter deeper down your sewer line without solving your problem. A plumber will use a sewer snake to identify what is clogging your toilet and where the clog is. Then they'll remove the offending debris so your toilet and sewer lines work correctly again.
Don't ignore toilet flushing issues. Not only are they annoying, but they can be potentially costly in repairs. Our plumbers are available for emergency services and can handle a variety of residential plumbing issues. Call us at A-1 Brown Plumbing Repair for all your home's plumbing needs today.