The job of a toilet is simple: to flush away wastewater and waste down into the sewer line. This simple job provides a huge benefit though. It keeps your house clean, sanitary, and free from harmful bacteria and foul odors. Sometimes, unfortunately, the toilet malfunctions and is not able to do its one job. The reasons for a malfunctioning toilet vary and Mr. Rooter Plumbing has an article on how to troubleshoot a faulty toilet, but this article is devoted to a workaround: manually flushing a toilet. If you are running short of time or cannot call a plumber at the moment, then consider these three ways to manually flush a toilet.
We recommend that you call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to have a plumber repair the toilet when you get the chance, however. The friendly professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are available to take your call 24/7/365.
Method 1: Bucket of Water
The way a toilet works is actually very simple: it flushes water into the bowl, which pushes wastewater and waste down the sewer line. When the handle does not work or your toilet is otherwise not working, try this:
Method 2: The Toilet Tank
In a functioning toilet, the fresh water is housed in the toilet tank. When you pull the handle, the fresh water from the toilet tank flows into the toilet bowl and flushes the toilet in the same way that the bucket of water in the previous method did. If there is a problem in the toilet tank, then this might help:
Method 3: Pull the Rubber Flapper
The rubber flapper in the toilet tank is responsible for sealing the pipe between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl. When the handle is pulled, the flapper is lifted and the water in the toilet tank is released into the toilet bowl. Over time, the flapper wears out or becomes damaged and must be replaced. You can also try this manual method:
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