A toilet that does not flush is equally embarrassing and inconvenient. While not a glamorous topic, a functioning toilet is one of life’s necessities and when it stops working, it can ruin anyone’s day.
You are left with two options: fix it yourself or hire a professional plumber.
Occasionally, a toilet that doesn’t flush can be fixed quite simply and the problem rarely calls for replacement parts. Due to this, many people choose to tackle their toilet woes themselves. Make sure you know what you’re doing, and won’t be making the problem worse.
Fixing your Toilet Yourself
Even a handyman extraordinaire should visit a local plumbing supplies store prior to tackling the job. The professional staff will be able to recommend the best tools to complete the job and give advice on how to move forward with the repairs. For any DIY job, it is always vital to turn the water off at the inlet valve prior to commencing.
- For a toilet that isn’t flushing correctly, more often than not, the problem will be a clogged drain. To test this, use a plunger and snake out the drain. Turn the water back on and see if this has fixed the problem.
- If the toilet is still not flushing well, the problem may be within the siphoning. Siphoning can be effected when the siphoning jets are blocked and aren’t pushing water through the valves to flush.
- To fix this, check the water level in the cistern. If it is low, the toilet is not receiving enough water force to flush.
- Most flush problem can be traced to the stem valve which lets water into the cistern. If the rubber has perished toilet is continually flushing or there is not enough water entering the cistern. This may mean the stem valve is not functioning, and will need to be replaced or adjusted up to allow more water to flow into the cistern.
Hire a Plumber
A professional and qualified plumber will be able to use their expert knowledge to solve your plumbing problems.
In Australia, plumbing standards are immaculate. Consumers are protected under Australian Standards. Abiding by the plumbing code of practice is considered compulsory in Australia, due to legal ramifications of producing poor work.
Australian standards ensure that plumbers must meet a minimum standard when carrying out a job or they are not entitled to payment.
Qualified plumbers are required to complete extensive training as apprentices. Our plumbers will always bring the correct tools, have up to date qualifications and training. With their knowledge, they will ensure that a toilet not flushing correctly will be fixed on the first attempt.