What to do if your toilet won't flush

 

What to do if your toilet won't flush

 

Nobody likes a toilet that won't flush properly. So it's important to sort any problems as soon as you can, before they get out of hand.

The problem

When it comes to flushing problems, it’s wise to work out what you’re up against before you start. Is your toilet not flushing at all? Is it flushing slowly? Or is the water just running intermittently? When you know where the problem lies, you can decide on the best course of action.

 

The solution

Plunging

If your toilet isn’t flushing at all, it’s more than likely to be blocked. If you feel comfortable, you can probably sort this yourself. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, grab your plunger and see if you can dislodge anything that's blocking the flow of the water. Don’t forget to apply firm pressure while you're plunging.

Clogged ports

If your water swirls but doesn't filter out, then you may have clogged ports. You can fix these by looking for a smaller hole, known as the siphon hole, inside the rim of the toilet bowl. Use a small screwdriver to gently clear away any build-up of grime in the holes, then flush to see if your problem is solved.

Toilet not flushing

If you press the handle does the toilet flush? If not, you may have an issue with the syphon inside the cistern. You can buy parts from a DIY shop. To fit the new parts, isolate the water supply to the cistern, drain down the cistern and dismantle the toilet. Once you've fitted the new parts, re-assemble the toilet and restore the water supply. The valve should be located somewhere behind the toilet, usually on the left hand side. You can then check for any water leaks. It's a good idea to flush the toilet several times to check that it's flushing properly.

Still no luck? Call Dyno. We'll send out a qualified engineer to find the problem and get your toilet working again.

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Health & safety

This video has been produced for information only. It offers you basic advice to do the job yourself. To prevent hurting yourself or damaging equipment or property, please use the right tools and protective equipment. If you have any concerns get in touch with our professional engineers.
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