How do I fix a toilet that won't flush?

There are three likely scenarios that could explain why your toilet won’t flush. Each of these scenarios also has an easy fix.

  • No water supply: Ensure the house water is running, as well as the immediate water supply located behind the toilet.
  • Chain on flapping stopper is disconnected: In this case, simply reconnect the chain to the stopper or the handle arm.
  • Inoperative handle: Your toilet’s operating handle can become disconnected from the operating arm, or may be broken depending on its age. If it’s loose, simply retighten it. If the mechanism has broken, replace it.

If any of the above three scenarios don’t pan out as the root cause, the trouble may be more severe and might require the advice of a professional plumber.

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