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Common Reasons Your Toilet Won’t Flush

When there’s something not working properly in your home, it could be a bit of a headache. Lights not turning on, jammed windows, and so on.

But probably that one thing we don’t want broken in our homes is our toilet. Toilets are a necessity in our daily lives, and today, it will be very hard to live without it.

Issues with toilets are not that uncommon, though. There are numerous issues one may encounter with their toilets, and the most common is a toilet that won’t flush.

Sometimes, a toilet won’t flush because there’s something wrong inside the toilet tank usually located at the back of your toilet.

The flapper being obstructed by something inside the tank can stop the toilet from flushing. The toilet flapper is what lets the water out to help in flushing. So, if there’s something stopping your flapper to do its job, your toilet won’t release the water and won’t flush.

Another cause of toilets not flushing is a loose or broken toilet flapper chain. The flapper is attached to a chain which lifts this flapper up every time you flush your toilet. If the flapper is not properly attached to the chain, the toilet flapper won’t be lifted and can’t release the water necessary for flushing.

If your toilet tank doesn’t have water on it, then there’s nothing that would flush your toilet. If the tank is completely empty, it’s possible that the water from the source isn’t successfully making its way to make your toilet tank full. In this case, the tubes at the back of your toilet should be checked for any leak.

Finally, when you have a clogged toilet, it can get in the way of flushing. You can use a plunger to fix the problem.

If you are unsure what’s wrong with your toilet, it’s best for you to just call professional plumbers to fix your toilet for you.

Plumbing Essentials You Need to Have in Your Home

If you have encountered problems with your home plumbing, I’m sure some people would advise you the same thing: “Call your local plumber to have the problem fixed”.

Of course, that would best move in most cases. But what would you do if you have encountered a plumbing emergency in the middle of the night and your home is not easily accessible for plumbers or anybody else?

Some plumbing emergencies, such as busted water pipes need immediate attention – otherwise, you could be faced with extremely high water bills. If it will take some time for the plumbing professionals to get to you, you must try to do some temporary fixing to take control of the situation while waiting for the plumbers to arrive.

In order for you to carry out simple, band-aid repairs, you should have a few necessary plumbing items in your home:

Teflon tape – Also known as plumber’s tape, Teflon tape can help you provide seals most water pipes temporarily and can help secure fixtures, such as faucets or shower heads, tightly in place.

Adjustable pipe wrench – A pipe wrench can help you tighten or loosen any pipe on hard to reach areas of your home. If you need to replace a leaky pipe ASAP, you can easily remove the affected pipe and replace it with a fresh one using an adjustable pipe wrench.

Caulking gun/caulk – If you have used caulk and a caulking gun for your windows before, you know how effective it can be when it comes to sealing. These items can be equally useful in plumbing, too. It can seal areas where you don’t want water seeping into. You can also seal your kitchen sink in place with caulk.

Plunger – Plunger can be useful in removing blockages temporarily while waiting for the professionals to arrive at your doorstep.