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Toilet Doesn't Flush When Lever Is Pushed!

When I press on the handle to flush the toilet, nothing happens!!

This indicates that the trip lever is disconnected from the flapper. Look inside the bowl for a wire or chain that leads from the flapper up to the trip lever. The chain may have just disconnected from the lever, from the flapper, or the lever or chain may have broken.

If there is a break, you can check to be sure everything else is all right by physically raising the flapper. Flappers rise and float when pulled from the seat they rest in, so if you yank it up, it should do the rest of the work for you. If you get a proper flush, then you must:

If the flush lever is broken and you shop for a replacement, bring the old one with you!

There are three concerns you need to be aware of:

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