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November 02,2020

Ways to Manually Flush a Toilet

Did you or a loved one use the bathroom, only to discover that the toilet wont flush? This can be a frustrating plumbing issue to have, but it can often be solved with a little troubleshooting. In most cases, a toilet may not be flushing due to a clog. Did you already pull out the plunger, and you fear your flushing trouble is caused by a more complicated problem? Then you may need to manually flush the toilet. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we offer a wide range of commercial and residential plumbing services including toilet repair, replacement and new installation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and surrounding locations. If your stubborn flushing problem is not caused by a clog, then it could be due to a dysfunctional rubber flapper, a broken lift chain or low water levels in the tank. Here are some tips on how to manually flush the toilet, so a proper repair can be performed.

Rubber Flapper

Once the lid is removed, you should be able to see a rubber flapper attached to a chain. This piece is essential, and your toilet cannot flush properly if it is functioning incorrectly. If you notice the chain has become disconnected from the handle arm, you will need to reattach the end of the chain to the small hook on the handle and then pull the flapper up. This should cause the toilet to flush. If this doesnt work, then the flapper may not be sitting on top of the opening found at the bottom of the tank. Adjust it if necessary. If the chain has been broken or if the flapper is showing signs of physical damage or deterioration, then you may need a replacement part.

Add Water to the Toilet Bowl

You should be able to force your toilet to flush by slowly pouring 3 to 5 gallons of water into the bowl. Grab a mop bucket or a similar sized container and carefully dump the water into it. Of course, if this does not trigger a flush, be careful not to overflow the bowl or you will end up with a big mess.

Add Water to the Tank

If your flushing issue is caused by a lack of water in the tank, then you may be able to manually flush the toilet by pouring water directly into the tank. Take care to fill the tank to the water line.

Do You Need Help from a Qualified Local Plumber? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing Today

Are you fed up with your problematic toilet and are ready to invest in a professional repair or replacement? Then call the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers are always ready to lend a helping hand. Contact our office to learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services or to schedule an appointment with an experienced plumber in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Monroeville, Cranberry Township, Aliquippa, Beaver Falls, Carnegie, Bethel Park, Penn Hills, Irwin, New Castle, McKeesport, South Bay, Pennsylvania or a nearby community.

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