Common Causes of a Toilet Not Flushing Properly

Everyone takes the common toilet for granted and it can be frustrating when something goes wrong. San Jose homeowners just expect a toilet to flush properly every time.

If this is not happening, there a number of reasons why. Some of the reasons may occur from misuse, while others may be mechanical in nature. Understanding how a toilet works may be key in determining the reason for malfunctions.

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In order for the toilet to flush properly in your San Jose home, the toilet tank cannot be empty. An empty tank can occur for several reasons.

The line that supplies water to the tank may not be properly attached or may be clogged. There is a valve located directly behind the toilet bowl that must be open in order for the water to flow into the toilet tank.

The water in the tank should be maintained at about one inch below the top of the overflow tube in the tank. If the water level is too low, it will not flush properly.

It also allows water to fill the toilet bowl. This is probably the most common problem and perhaps the easiest to fix.

Damaged Flapper or Broken Chain in the Tank

A rubber flapper that releases water from the tank into the bowl when the toilet is flushed can deteriorate over time or may become bent or warped.

Its purpose is the seal the flush tube hole allowing proper flushing. An old flapper must be replaced to take care of the problem.

The culprit causing the problem with flushing could be the chain that connects the flush lever to the flapper. It can become broken or too loose; it should be replaced or adjusted.

Clogged Toilet Bowl

Even though toilets are designed to flush toilet paper without a problem, too much can create a clog that prevents it from completely flushing.

Some brands of toilet paper are much thicker than others. Thickness does make a difference in how the paper absorbs the water and then flushes. If it is too thick, paper can clog pipes thus preventing flushing.

Another significant issue that can prevent flushing and clog up pipes is the introduction of items into the toilet not intended to be flushed. This might include sanitary napkins, tampons or other feminine products.

Households with small children may experience clogs from small toys being placed in the toilet.

Your San Jose, CA home toilet issues can be a nuisance to the whole family. Call Genmor Plumbing Inc. at (408) 933-9874 today, and let’s get your toilet back to its flushing state!

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