DIY Project: How To Fix A Toilet That Won’t Flush?

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Toilet runs into a lot of issues but one frustrating for most households owner is when the toilet can’t flush properly. Other issues are, slow to drain or after flushing the toilet drains continuously among other several causes.

When the toilet cannot flash this implies the level of the flush isn’t working there are two main problems the toilet can be facing. One the valve may be blocked, it may never work if the water tank is empty.

Try filling it and make sure the valve is open then check inside to make sure the float into obstructed.

Second, the chain connecting to the level of the flash may be too loose or broken. This stops the flapper from closing and opening, preventing the toilet from flushing.

Below is step by step how to fix the valve of the flush

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No matter what brand like TOTO toilets you have, over time there might be a faulty valve issue. So, pay deep attention here.

Flush valve also known as fill valve is one greatest problematic issues in your toilet tank setup. It usually the mechanism inside the tank of the toilet that controls the refill in the tank after a flush.

It connects the source of water from the bottom of the tank (toilet) through a small pipe or a hose. There are two types of flush valves: the moderns have cylindrical floats, it’s shaft moves down and up in a vertical way.

The older model has a tank float ball plastic like a ball and at the end with a log rod metal which is the flush level which lowers and rises with the water level in the water tank, this allows the valve of the flash to close and open as the lever of the flush is pulled up.

Fixing a new valve means u need to purchase one, what you need: a dry towel, screwdriver, a wrench, and straight blade.

Fixing the piece of flash valve follows this step:

  • Step 0ne: Turn off the water supply from the water tank depending on its setup it mostly found behind the toilet on the wall side of the tank, or a small metal pipe leading to the floor. Use the wrench which is adjustable and rotate the knob clockwise till the flow of the water ceases inside the tank.
  • Step two: Flash the remains in the bowl since the water isn’t running hence any refill will take place. Then suck up the water left using the dry towel.
  • Step three: Use the screwdriver to unscrew the 2 rubber bolts aside from the flush valve. These bolts go with the nuts beneath the bowl and tank. The bolt should not be forced since it may cause the tank to even break or crack.
  • Step four: Insert the new valve after taking out the old one in the opening of the tank so that the flush valve may be faced by the overflow pipes. Once it in position, hold the valve then use the wrench to tighten the screw and adjust to the widget the level of water in the tank.
  • Step five: At last, turn on the supply of water and reconnect. Make sure the tank is full in order to adjust the level of water. Finally, flush and check if there are any leaks, and if necessary tighten the nuts.

If your tank has the float ball. Follow step two and one, then use plastic snap to remove the float ball. Unscrew the snap or nut the rod out of the valve then place the valve of the flash in the bottom of the tank through the hole. Use nylon nut to hold the valve in place. The nut should be snug be careful not to overtighten.

The flapper is used to control the flushing of the toilet, below are steps to flow to fix the toilet flapper:

Before I go any further, let’s make sure that these steps won’t be applicable to the macerating toilets like Saniflo upflush toilet.

  • Step 1: Lift off the top of the tank of the toilet conscientiously, then set it in a way it won’t break.
  • Step 2: check inside the tank of the toilet. Ensure you see a plastic white tube known as tube overflow, connected to tubes is the guide of the flapper which are two the arms holding either side. Connected to the arms of the guides is the flapper, a piece of rubber which is round used to fit tightly in a hole at the bottom of the tank. Connected to the peak of the flapper is the chain. Which is attached to the overflow hose near the peak.
  • Step 3: Flush the toilet as you see the flow of water and refill.
  • Step 4: After flashing if the flapper isn’t lifted off the hole then replace the wire or chain on the bar lift until you see they are unattached.
  • Step 5: If the flapper is not fitting back, untangle the kinks if any into the hole after flushing.
  • Step 6: Prevent sealing by adjusting the flapper length chain to ensure it doesn’t flop into the hole together with the flapper.
  • Step 7: To check is this the correct problem, move the wire, (if it a wire) to a different hole in the bar attached to the flapper. You can still straighten and bend the wire back a little shorter.
  • Step 8: Flush the toilet to confirm the problem is solved.
  • Step 9: If the flapper fix in the hole adjust the adjusting float screw if water rises over the tube that overflow and continues to over trickle it then goes to step 10.
  • Step 10: If none of the above fixes the problem turn the water to the toilet off.
  • Step 11: Flush the water into the water tank after turn off, the water source.
  • Step 12: Raise the flapper then clean the hole edge and inside it, with a cloth first then with a scouring pad.
  • Step 13: Turn on the water to run and observe your work.
  • Step 14: If the leaking still occurs after adjusting, then a replacement if a flapper ball is required.

As a general rule of thumb, you should always clean your toilet bowl using any good toilet bowl cleaner to avoid such issues.

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