Common Causes of a Toilet Not Flushing Properly

Common Causes of a Toilet Not Flushing Properly

The toilet in your Columbia home is widely used and under-appreciated. No one pays much attention until it stops working properly. There are several reasons why a toilet may not be flushing correctly or not flushing at all. Here are some common causes of a toilet not flushing properly.

Pipe is Clogged

This is one of the most common reasons a toilet stops flushing correctly. One reason a pipe will become clogged is using too much toilet paper. Another reason may be someone trying to flush things that should not be flushed, like sanitary napkins.

Sometimes objects will fall into the bowl and go unnoticed and that could be the problem. If young children are in the household, a toy or something else may have been flushed.

A plunger may help dislodge the clog but if this seems to happen often, a professional plumber should be called into your Columbia home.

Problem with Tank

Another cause might be the internal workings inside the tank. When you move the handle the lift arm moves up. That moves the chain which lifts the flapper valve.

That allows the water from the tank to go into the bowl by way of the trap and drain. When all the water is gone, the flapper closes and water fills the tank. The float ball will shut off the water when the tank is full.

If any of these parts are malfunctioning, the toilet will not flush properly. Some things that might happen are: the chain breaks or becomes loose, the handle or float ball may need adjusting, the lift arm may be broken or the flapper could have deteriorated over time.

Mainline Obstruction

Unfortunately, sometimes the problem with flushing does not lie in the toilet and its workings but in the mainline. If the main sewer line is clogged, there are certain things that may occur.

If the toilet and bathtub are both draining slowly, this could indicate a partial obstruction. Another sign could be the toilet gurgling while someone is taking a shower. Also, if you have to flush twice, that indicates a partial clog.

However, if you flush the toilet and water backs up into the tub or shower, there is a more serious obstruction of the mainline. Another sign is an overflowing toilet or water backing up into sinks, showers, or tub when the washing machine is being used. This definitely requires a visit from a plumber.

Your Columbia, SC home toilet issues can be a nuisance to the whole family. Call Plumbing Solutions, LLC at (803) 513-5749 today, and let’s get
your toilet back to its flushing state!