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What to do When Your Toilet Button Isn’t Flushing?

Toilet button won’t flush?

Plumbing involving toilets is one of the most common bathroom plumbing issue encountered by Sydney residents. Toilet is a major part of any home. We can barely imagine a house without a bathroom or say a toilet.

We barely think about toilets when it comes to maintenance and renovation works. However, it is one of the most important aspect that when compromised can be a harm to your sanitation as well as our pocket.

Fix Faulty Toilet Button: Step by Step

If your toilet button, toilet handle or toilet lever is not working, you may think of ways to get it fixed. Most of the times, you may be able to fix it. However, if you need any assistance with toilet plumber, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sydney’s plumbing expert, Dial Up Plumbing. Here are some of the step by step tips you can utilize to diagnose and treat toilet problems related to faulty buttons.

Check the button

As most of the cases the toilet button may not be working because of the faulty button itself. Is the button broken or does not feel the same? in toilets with lever flush mechanism, there may be something stuck preventing it’s mechanical movement. If the toilet does not make any noise when pressed then something may be wrong with the flush valve of the fill valve.

Open the cistern

If there is something wrong with the toilet rather than the button, then you may need to dig a little deeper into the issue. Removing the toilet tank cover will allow you to see inside the tank’s top. If there isn’t any water in the cistern, then something is wrong with the mechanism that fills your toilet tank with waste water.

Look for any evidence of damage to any of the components. Are there any components that have become loose? Are there any processes in action when you push the flush button that you can see? This will assist you in troubleshooting the issue.

Is there water in toilet?

Possibly, you poked or bumped the valve that regulates the flow of water to your toilet, causing it to malfunction. A  plumbing pipe that enters your wall or floor is normally where you’ll find this switch installed. Turn it all the way to the left – this will lock your valve in the “open” position, allowing water to flow into your toilet tank without interruption. Allow a few minutes for your toilet to refill before attempting to flush the toilet using the toilet button once again.

Don’t flush if the toilet is blocked

It is possible that flushing your toilet after it has been clogged with toilet paper and garbage can cause it to overflow. Unless your toilet button is malfunctioning (or it is malfunctioning but the water level in the toilet bowl does not sink), you should not just keep flushing.

Your floor may get contaminated with water (and waste), which is never a good thing. If you believe your toilet is about to overflow, you may even want to switch off the water supply that runs through the wall.

Use a plunger to unclog

If its not a serious obstruction causing the toilet to overflow, you can make use of a plunger. A plunger is able to fix a lot of toilet blockages. Specially, toilet blockages caused due to toilet papers can be easily fixed by a plunger. A plunger can be bought off any nearby plumbing hardware store. Stores like Bunnings, and Woolworths also sells plungers at a very decent price. Check out cistern replacement unit sold by Bunnings here.

Using the plunging method is very simple yet very effective. Make sure the plunger is submerged and is tight enough to do the job.

Can we replace broken push button?

Replacing a faulty toilet flushing system is not so hard. It is possible to do so by replacing the cistern unit. There are steps that you need to follow in order to replace the unit. You can always find replacement units of the popular toilet brands in local plumbing hardware store.

What if the issue is not fixable?

In rare cases, fixing the toilet button won’t solve the problem. Also, it is better to go for a toilet replacement service in such cases. It is not easy to diagnose such problems without a help of a professional. Hence, it is recommended to consult with a professional plumber before you give up.

Also, no drain can’t be unblocked, no drip can’t be stopped. Get in touch with Dial Up Plumbing Services if you need any kind of help with your plumbing issues in Sydney.

Ben Harb

Owner/ Manager

Ben Harb is a highly skilled and experienced professional in the plumbing industry, with a particular focus on blocked drains and pipe relining. A qualified licensed plumber as well as a pipe relining specialist who can tackle an extensive range of plumbing issues.

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