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How to fix a toilet that won't flush

The toilet is one of the most-used fixtures in any bathroom, which means it is particularly vulnerable to chronic issues. One of the most common problems that a household will face is a toilet that won't flush, as there are many reasons why this can occur. As long as you know what to look for, many times you will be able to get the toilet up and running again on your own without the help of a professional plumber. Backed-up toilets can be frustrating, but they can be dealt with quickly and effectively.

One of the main reasons that your toilet won't flush is that the water level in the tank is too low. As a general rule, the water should be about one inch below the surface of the tank's overflow tube. Sometimes the water valves can shut off accidentally, which means that not enough water is being pumped through the fixture. Simply flip the valve back on and allow the water to refill, and you will have to monitor to make sure that the water fills back up to the right level again. Once it does, your toilet will be able to flush normally.

You also need to make sure that your family members are also flushing only the items that are toilet-friendly. Things such as sanitary napkins and makeup removal wipes are not designed to be flushed down the pipes, and they can result in a plumbing system that has become backed up. After clearing the problem with a plunger, be sure to only flush items down the toilet that can fit properly.

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