You have used the restroom and attempted to flush the toilet; however, it just won’t successfully eliminate the contents that have you have just passed. This is a very awkward – yet extremely common – bathroom incident.

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While considered to be an embarrassing moment, it is also highly annoying. That is because the average person has very limited knowledge of plumbing dynamics.

Here, we will expound on the top reasons this may be happening. In most instances, resolving the culprit will allow you to flush your toilet. If not, it may be time for a professional to come in and assist you.

Reason #1: There is a Clog

One of the most common reasons for a toilet not flushing properly is the fact that there is a clog. It could be in the toilet itself, the flange, or even the drain.

There are three basic steps that you may perform.

First, pour a gallon of very hot water directly into the toilet bowl.

Second, use a plunger. You should plunge slowly to avoid complicating the situation by making a mess and to create the proper suction to loosen an obstruction.

Finally, you may use an auger, which is commonly referred to as a “snake” for hard to reach areas.

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Reason #2: An Issue with the Flapper

The flapper is the rubber seal located in the toilet tank that covers the hole. When you attempt to flush, you are actually pulling this flapper up so that the water that is located within the toilet tank is quickly poured directly into the bowl.

If this flapper is not seated properly or it is old, it could slowly release water during times other than when you flush. This will decrease the amount of water available when you do flush. If there is not enough water, most of the contents in the bowl will remain.

You should check the chain that connects to the flapper to ensure there is not a slack issue.

Next, check the flapper for wear, age, and/or cracks. If you observe any issues, the flapper may need to be replaced.

Reason #3: The Inlet Holes are Blocked

Just underneath the lip region of your toilet bowl are the inlet holes. This is where the water comes in from the tank when you flush it. In some instances, they may become blocked.

In order to resolve this problem, heat up approximately 12 ounces of white vinegar. Then, pour it down the overflow tube using a funnel. You should then let it sit for an hour or longer without flushing. Many leave the solution overnight. Then, you may attempt to flush again.

If it does not work, repeat the process and before flushing, use a small wire to clean the inlet holes.

Still Not Flushing?

If you have performed the above-listed steps and your toilet is still not flushing, it is time for a professional to come in and help. We here at Reynold’s Plumbing are highly knowledgeable and capable of resolving your plumbing problems quickly and easily. Why struggle with an issue that can result in costly complications? Simply call us today.