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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Common Reasons Why Your Toilet Won't Flush

by Melvin Owens

It's easy to take your toilet for granted. You probably flush it dozens of times a week without giving it a second thought. Because of this, when something does start to go wrong, it's natural to feel a sense of panic settle in. Here are some common reasons why your toilet won't flush as it should.

The Handle Doesn't Work

If you push your toilet's handle and nothing happens, you're probably dealing with a simple problem. Something has disconnected the handle and reconnecting it will allow your toilet to flush again. If you're confident in the DIY arena, you can probably fix this issue yourself. Otherwise, ask a plumber to do the job for you.

Flapper and Fill Valve Issues

If your toilet continues to run long after you've flushed it, it may be that your flapper is broken or the fill valve is defective. Cracked flappers are a common occurrence, and they're easy for a professional to fix. Fill valves filling with limestone can cause water to run unnecessarily. In both instances, your toilet's tank won't have a chance to refill, resulting in flushing becoming harder. In addition to your toilet not flushing correctly, you'll find that your water bills rise. As such, it's best to sort this issue out quickly.

A Clog Blocking the Way

In addition to a powerful flush of water, your toilet relies on clear pipes for you to flush successfully. When a clog is big enough, it can prevent whatever you're flushing from passing through. Sometimes the clogs are at a surface level and obvious — such as a toy. On other occasions, you may need to break out a plunger and use a drain unblocking solution to dislodge the clog. When your efforts don't work, you may be dealing with a deeper clog that only a plumber can address. Plumbing professionals have cameras that can diagnose clogs and other tools that can dislodge them with ease.

Cracked and Caved Pipes

There are lots of reasons why the pipes supporting your toilet could crack or cave. Older pipes may crack after years without maintenance. When this happens, their state of disrepair can result in a backup that prevents you from flushing properly. Even newer pipes can suffer, especially if a tree root begins to invade its space. Your plumber can use drain cameras and other tools to identify where the problem is. From there, they'll let you know what they need to do to repair the crack and help the pipe function again.