Toilets are an everyday part of your life, and they are located everywhere – your home, your workplace, the shopping centre and everywhere in between. When you think about it, we kind of take them for granted, and just assume they will work as we need them to.

But, what happens when they don’t work as they should? We have collected a few reasons why your toilet may not be flushing, and how they can be fixed. Give Ryan Old Plumbing a call on 1300 055 940 if you need a toilet plumbing expert.

Toilet won’t flush? here are possible reasons

There are a few common reasons as to why your toilet likely won’t flush:

The button

Is there an issue with the flushing mechanism on your toilet? Whether it is a button, a pull chain or a level, does it feel normal when you use it?

It may be that the flushing mechanism is actually the issue, and not another section of your toilet, due to a broken linkage mechanism.

Worn flapper

If the chain on your toilet is working fine (and isn’t too loose), the flapper may have worn out. This will require replacing – they can be found at your local hardware store – and can be replaced yourself if you feel comfortable.

Inside the toilet

If the flushing mechanism seems to be working as it should, it may be the insides of your toilet that are causing the problem. Lift the lid of the cistern and take a look – does anything in there look visibly broken, worn or misplaced?

Don’t keep flushing! If your toilet isn’t flushing properly, do not consistently flush it over and over.

Water levels

Is there water inside the cistern? This water is what makes its way to your toilet bowl when you flush so if it is empty, no flushing can occur. This can generally indicate one of two problems – a water supply issue (check your other outlets) or a blocked cistern inlet valve.

If the water level is low, you may need a fill valve. These can be purchased from your local hardware store and can be installed yourself.

Blocked toilet

If your toilet is overflowing when you flush, this can indicate there is a blockage somewhere – you can try and remove it yourself (make sure you wear some gloves) or call in the blocked drain plumbing professionals who help you with this one.

Use a plunger

If you can not locate the blockage, it may be time to get out the plunger. Give it a go a few times – don’t just give up after one go – and you will hopefully find the clogged drain will give out.

What should I do if my toilet won’t flush?

Call in the professionals! Although there are plenty of DIY options available, and we have listed out a few options above, it is always best to call in a local plumber such as Ryan Old to help out. That way you know the proper tools and equipment are being utilised, and the job will be completed right the first time.

How can I prevent it from happening again?

There are a few ways that you can help prevent your toilet from having flushing issues:

  • Only place human waste and toilet paper down the toilet – and make sure you don’t put too much toilet paper down there either!
  • Regularly clean your toilet.
  • Consider a water-efficient toilet.

Give Ryan Old Plumbing a call on 1300 055 940 if you need some help.