How to Manually Flush a Toilet
How to Manually Flush a Toilet
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How to Manually Flush a Toilet
Nov 15, 2022

How to Manually Flush a Toilet

There are various times when you’ll have to manually flush your toilet. Perhaps your toilet handle is broken, your toilet tank won’t refill, or the water is shut off. In these situations, you’ll have to flush your toilet manually, as you wait for a plumber to help you with toilet repair. If you find yourself in a situation where your toilet won’t flush because it’s in disrepair or there’s no running water, do not panic.

Below, we’ll explain three ways to manually flush a toilet.

Pour Water into The Toilet Bowl

Remember, toilets rely solely on gravity to push water and waste down the drain when flushed. All your toilet handle does when you turn it is lift a lever that opens the flush valve at the bottom of the tank. When the flush valve is opened, a large amount of water quickly and forcefully flows into the bowl, thanks to gravity.

  • Step 1: Fill up a bucket with a gallon or two of water.
  • Step 2: Pour the water into the toilet bowl slowly at first, and then quickly dump the rest of the water into the bowl.
  • Step 3: Repeat this process as needed.

By quickly dumping the water into the bowl, you’ll create enough pressure to push whatever is in the bowl down the drain. If your toilet won’t flush after following these steps, there may be a problem that needs to be diagnosed by an experienced plumber.

Pour Water into The Toilet Tank

If you are unsure about pouring water into the toilet bowl using a bucket, you can try this alternative method.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Take the lid off your toilet tank.
  • Step 2: Pour water into the toilet tank until it reaches the top of the overflow tube.
  • Step 3: Flush your toilet the way you would normally.

Keep in mind that this method requires more water than pouring water directly into the toilet bowl, so you’ll have to plan around this accordingly.

Lift The Flapper

If the toilet handle is broken or missing, you can still flush your toilet by lifting the flapper.

Below are the steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Remove the lid from the toilet tank. You’ll see a chain that’s connected to a rubber flapper at the bottom of the tank.
  • Step 2: Pull on the chain to lift the flapper and allow water to flow from the tank into the bowl. If the chain is broken or detached from the flapper, reach down to the bottom of the water tank and lift the flapper to flush your toilet.

Your Toilet Still Won’t Flush? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Toilet Repair

If your toilet won’t flush after trying the manual steps outlined above, there may be a more serious problem that needs to be fixed by a knowledgeable and experienced plumber. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we can help you resolve any toilet problem you may be experiencing in your home or business premises. Our team of skilled plumbers has seen and fixed it all when it comes to toilet problems.

Call us today to schedule a toilet repair appointment.