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Toilet Won't Flush? It's Probably A Clogged Toilet Drain

We know the unpleasantness that comes with a toilet that won’t flush or drain, which is why you’ll want to take care of it as quickly as possible. To do this, you'll have to figure out what the source of the issue is. Most commonly, toilet trouble is due to a clogged toilet drain.

Why Do I Have a Clogged Toilet Drain?

Toilet drains typically clog because something's caught inside it. Things that often get caught include waste, excess toilet paper, sanitary napkins, or foreign items that shouldn't be flushed in a toilet.

How to check for a clogged toilet drain

  • If the water level isn't too high, try flushing your toilet. Is it draining slowly or not draining at all? If the water is going down, you may only have a partial clog. If the water doesn't drain at all, it's completely blocked.

    CAUTION: If the water is overflowing or close to overflowing, don't flush again. This will only result in water spilling onto the floor.

  • If you have more than one toilet in your home, try flushing at least one of the other toilets. Are they clogged too? If there's more than one that won't flush, it could be a clog in the sewer line.

What To Do If You Have a Clogged Toilet Drain

If you're up for it, you can attempt to clear the clog yourself using a plunger or a toilet auger. Once the item blocking the drain is removed, your toilet should flush as normal.

Didn't work? If you’re still dealing with a clogged toilet drain, you could be experiencing something more complex that requires a plumber's assistance. You can reach out to our Remote Assist expert for a virtual diagnosis.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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