06 Jan

Your Toilet Swirls But Not Flushing? What Just Happened?!


toilet swirls but not flushingHave you ever experienced flushing your toilet only to find out that it just keeps on swirling and swirling but doesn’t really drain? That must have been a disaster! So today, let us discuss the reasons why a toilet just swirls and fills with water but won’t flush. Read on and learn about the factors that cause this kind of plumbing issue.

1. The location of your toilet and its drain can affect its flushing power. There are instances when customers have put up with slow-draining toilets located in their basement while the ones located on the second floor of the house flush efficiently. It sounds pretty weird at first but if you’ll think about it, the extra height of the house’s second story added to the force that pushes the water into the drain, not to mention the work of gravity. The toilet in the basement’s water just doesn’t get enough momentum to flush down all the wastes, regardless if they’re solid or liquid.

2. Your toilet may not appear clogged at the moment but it’s possible that its drain pipe is. Just like your sink pipes, grease and other sticky waste materials may accumulate inside the toilet’s drain pipe, clogging it in the end. The problem may not be apparent but you’ll soon figure it out when the john won’t even flush down liquid wastes.

3. Clogged and improperly installed vents may also affect your drain pipes. As we all know, your plumbing and venting systems are connected with each other. If there’s a problem with your vents, expect that there are also imminent problems with your drains.

4. Jet holes, the little holes found at the bottom of the toilet, are designed to help in the siphoning of the waste materials. However, sediments may also accumulate inside these holes and clog them in the end. And when jet holes are clogged, the toilet’s siphoning power will get negatively affected as well.

5. If you’ve been experiencing this sort of trouble since you moved into the house, there must be something wrong with the installation of the drain pipe connected to the toilet. Inappropriately sized and improperly installed pipes result to slow draining and even clogging.

6. Last but not least, there are times when objects get lodged down the toilet. If you have toddlers who are fond of flushing toys and who-knows-what-else down the toilet, then you must take action immediately. Aside from toys, you should also see to it that toilet paper, body wipes, condoms, diapers and sanitary napkins are not flushed down the drain. You may find flushable toilet paper and wipes in the market but if you really want to prevent this kind of problem, just avoid using your toilet as a garbage bin and dispose of these things properly.

We hope that we have explained clearly why a toilet swirls but not flushing. If you’re not sure about how you can resolve this, just call a reliable Plumbers 911 plumber to fix your toilet. Plumbers 911 delivers exceptional and affordable emergency plumbing services including toilet repairs, plumbing fixture repair, leak detection, drain pipe cleaning, septic tank care and many more!

To all our friends and customers regarding COVID-19

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  • To get the most current information on the COVID-19 virus, please check the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) website at: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
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