Toilet Won’t Flush All The Way

toilet wont flush all the way

Your toilet is probably out of sight and out of mind. That is until something goes wrong.

One of the most common toilet problems homeowners encounter is a toilet that won’t flush all the way.

Before you can fix a toilet that won’t flush all the way, you need to know what the underlying causes.

4 Reasons Your Toilet Won’t Flush All The Way & How to Fix It

These are the most common reasons your toilet won’t flush all the way and what you can do depending on the underlying issue.

1. The Flapper Is Worn

If the rubber flapper within the toilet bowl is worn out, it won’t be able to create a complete seal. This can cause your toilet to not flush all the way. If you think this might be the issue, remove the toilet tank and inspect the rubber flapper. If the flapper is worn, it will need to be replaced.

If you do need to replace the flapper, follow our six-step guide below.

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How to Replace a Toilet Flapper

2. The Water Level Is Low

It will be pretty obvious if the water level in your toilet bowl is low –  just take a look. If the water seems too low, you may need to purchase a new fill valve, which can help restore the proper amount of water to the toilet bowl.

If you do need to buy a new fill valve, installing it is an easy DIY project you can fix in under 15 minutes.

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How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve

3. The Chain Is Loose

If the chain is loose, your toilet won’t be able to flush all the way. Check to see if the chain is loose by removing the tank and inspecting the chain. If the chain is too loose, the rubber flapper won’t be lifted long enough to fill the water valve whenever the toilet is flushed. In some cases you may be able to adjust the position of the chain, but if the chain is broken, rusted, or needs to be replaced for another reason, visit your local hardware store and purchased a new chain.

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How to Fix a Broken Toilet Chain

4. The Toilet Is Clogged

Sometimes the toilet won’t fill completely simply because the toilet is clogged. If you suspect the toilet is clogged, start by using a plunger. If the plunger doesn’t break up the clog, try snaking the drain. If this still doesn’t fix the problem, you can fill a large bucket with warm soapy water, pour it into the toilet and let it sit for 15 minutes, and then try flushing.

If these don’t work, you will probably be wise to call your plumber and get professional help.

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How to Fix a Clogged Toilet

Contact Climate Design for Toilet Repair Services in Tampa Bay

If your toilet won’t flush correctly or if you’re experiencing another plumbing issue, the professionals that Climate Design here to help. At Climate Design, we offer comprehensive plumbing services to the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Contact us today to learn more about our plumbing services, or schedule an appointment online at your convenience.

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