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Ways Manually Flush the Toilet

Nov 17, 2020
Ways Manually Flush the Toilet

Could you imagine life without a toilet in the building? Modern toilets are a cornerstone of our society’s sanitation, safely disposing waste and wastewater away from your building and into a treatment facility. Unfortunately, a malfunctioning toilet is not much better than no toilet. A non-flushing toilet can ruin your day or night. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves at Neighborhood Plumbing. Follow this guide on some ways to manually flush the toilet if it starts malfunctioning.
If you prefer to have a certified plumber stop by and quickly repair your toilet, then call Neighborhood Plumbing for 24-hour emergency plumbing service. Our live representatives and certified plumbers are on standby to take your call.

Manual Flushing Method One

The toilet tank sits above the toilet bowl and holds clean water until you pull, or push, the flush. Remove the toilet tank’s lid and if you notice that there is no water in it, then try this method:

  • Carefully place the toilet lid somewhere safe and secure to prevent it from breaking.
  • Fill a bucket with some water – between a gallon to three gallons.
  • Slowly pour the water into the toilet tank until it reaches the water line or until an inch below the edge of the tank.
  • Try pulling the flush lever now.

If this method does not work, then there might be a problem with your rubber flapper. Try the next method.

Manual Flushing Method Two

There are many components in the toilet tank and the rubber flapper is one of the most sensitive. They provide the seal between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl by covering the flush valve. Over time, the rubber flapper can wear away or even misalign with the flush valve. 

  • Carefully remove the toilet tank’s lid and place it somewhere safe and secure.
  • Search for the rubber flapper and make sure that the chain connecting the flush lever and the rubber flapper is connected.
  • If the chain is disconnected, then connect it and try flushing again.
  • Otherwise, check the quality of the flapper. If it is damaged and allowing a small amount of water through, then you will notice a small stream of water in the toilet bowl.
  • If the flapper is not firmly sealing the flush valve, then manually place the flapper in place and wait for the water to fill the tank.
  • Finally, try flushing again.

Manual Flushing Method Three

If you want to go full manual, then try this method. All you need is a bucket that can hold a gallon or few gallons of water. Fill the bucket with water and slowly pour the bucket of water into the toilet bowl. Gradually speed up the pouring until the waste in the toilet bowl has been pushed down the drain.

Call the Professionals

We can have a certified plumber at your location within the hour to fix your toilet issue today. Call Neighborhood Plumbing anytime to speak with a live representative. We are available 24/7/365.

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