It is never pleasant to find out that your toilet won’t flush. The first thing you’ll want to check is if the flush handle is working. Sometimes the flush can disconnect from the rest of the tank, so you’ll have to reattach it.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Open the toilet tank and check that the nuts that secure the handle in place are tight against the tank. If it is loose, tighten it with a spanner or adjustable wrench.
- If the flush handle is broken, you’ll need to replace it with a new one, which you can get from a hardware store. Ensure the one you buy includes a flush handle, lever nut and tank lever.
- Once you have your new part, disconnect the flapper chain from the broken flush handle and unscrew the tank lever nut from the flush handle. Remove the broken handle from the toilet tank.
- Insert the new handle into the hole and align the nut to fit. The nut is reverse fitted to withstand daily use. Tighten the nut with the adjustable wrench to tighten the nut securely to the tank.
- Reattach the flapper chain to the toilet flush lever.
Press the handle down to see if the flush is working and replace the tank lid.
Some toilet tanks have a variation of working parts within your toilet tank, so the steps may differ from types of cisterns. If you’re unsure, always consult a qualified plumber.
Knowing how a toilet works is important in order to keep it tip-top condition. You can find out more about toilets in the article on how a toilet works and why using one is important.