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Check These 3 Things If You Have Trouble Flushing The Toilet

Bathroom plumbing problems can be a pain to deal with, but it's crucial homeowners learn how to take care of business. One common problem many will face is a toilet that doesn't flush. Luckily, this one is easy to fix, and most of the time you won't need to hire an Ottawa, ON bathroom plumbing technician for help.

Those of you who don't know much about toilets may want to read on and learn. Here are three things you should keep in mind if you haveĀ trouble flushing a toilet.

1. Think It's a Clog? Call a Plumber

man in a yellow hard hatRight off the bat, if you suspect a clog is causing the problem, it's best to call a bathroom plumbing company.

Some clogs can be taken care of with a plunger or snake, but if it's located in the toilet flange or drain you will need professional services.

Don't wait to contact a technician to help with a clogged up toilet.

2. Check the Flapper and Fix it By Hand

diagram of the inside of a toiletMost of the time, however, a toilet that doesn't flush is due to a problem with the flapper, which is located at the bottom of the tank.

This component lifts up when you flush to reveal an opening for water to flow into the bowl, and closes up so the tank can be re-filled. The flapper is held by a chain that's attached to a rod connected with the handle.

Pushing down the handle raises the rod, which lifts the chain along with the flapper. If the flapper isn't seated properly on top of the opening, the tank can't be filled, and you won't be able to flush. This can be caused by a worn flapper, a loose chain or even a chain stuck between the flapper and opening. It's possible jiggling the handle will cause everything to fall into place, but otherwise, you will need to get into the tank itself to fix the problem.

Lift the tank's lid and see what's going on with the flapper. Do what needs to be done to fix the problem by either properly seating the flapper by hand, re-attaching the chain or pulling out the chain from beneath the flapper. If the tank was empty, it should start filling up with water. The next thing you should do is flush the toilet and check to see if the flapper falls into place, as it should. If it does, you've corrected the problem and can place the lid back on the tank.

3. Force a Flush With a Bucket of Water

Water being poured out of a bucketIf you need to flush the toilet but can't, you can force it by pouring a bucket of water into the bowl. This will trigger the flushing process and possibly fix the problem altogether.

It's important to note you must not pour the water too slowly or else it will just raise the water level.

Be sure you get enough water into the bowl quickly, or this trick won't work.