A toilet is a basic necessity of every household. If a toilet is not working properly or is creating problems in functioning then it is very disturbing as well as hassle some as this shows that you may need to call a plumber. Imagine that you have used a toilet and after using you now flush it but you find out that it is not working. This is a annoying situation which you want to avoid because of the hassle of calling a plumber attached with it.

Difference Between Manual Toilet and Automatic Toilet

In the past few decades, automatic toilets have surfaced a lot in the market. These toilets work through sensors. They sense movement and flush water automatically.

Manual toilets are the one with a simple lever on the side of toilet tank or a button on the top of the toilet tank cover. Manual flush, as understood y its name, works manually. It works by pressing down the button or by pulling the lever.

Automatic toilet is said to use 54% more water than its manual counterparts for flushing. This shows that automatic toilets waste a lot of water. The world is already facing scarcity of water in many parts. Therefore, before buying an automatic toilet you should first consider this fact regarding water wastage. Automatic toilets are also more expensive than the manual toilets. The error rate of automatic toilets is also high.

Why Your Automatic Toilet is Not Flushing?

Your automatic toilet can stop working due to a number of reasons. You should first try to figure out the reason before trying to solve the actual problems. Your toilet is not flushing due to any of the following reasons.

  1. The water level in your toilet tank in not high enough to flush properly.
  2. The toilet is blocked.
  3. The hard plastic toilet flapper is broken or needs to be changed.

Techniques to Manually Flush an Automatic Toilet

Automatic toilets have sensors that sense the movement and then come into play. Sometimes they even flush on their own by just the loud bang of the bathroom door. In this way, a lot of water is wasted. There are also times when your automatic toilet stops working at all!! They just get some problem in their functioning or in the sensors and stop working. Here is given a guide that how you can manually flush your automatic toilet if it stops working.

Use a Pail Of Water

The first and the simplest technique to manually flush your automatic toilet are by pouring a pail full of water into your toilet bowl. You need to fill the bucket with one or two gallons of water in case of an automatic toilet. However previous model toilets may use three to five gallons to start the flushing process.

After filling the pail or bucket you need to pour the water into your toilet bowl slowly but steadily. Keep pouring water until you see that the toilet bowl no longer contains any waste and has become empty. The water will help to push the waste in the toilet bowl towards the pipes and helps to flush the toilet if its automatic system is not working.

Fill Water In The Toilet Tank

It is proved through studies that most of the problems with the toilet occur due to some problem in the toilet tank. So the other technique which you can use to manually flush your automatic toilet is related to the toilet tank. Here in this technique you are required to fill your toilet tank with water. For this you have to first remove your toilet tank cover. Then fill the water in the tank till the water line. After that place back the tank top cover and see if it starts flushing. If it is still not working, then this means you have to look for some other problem.

Check the Plastic Flapper Inside the Toilet Tank

Another technique to get your automatic toilet back on the track is to check the plastic flapper inside your toilet tank. First you have to remove the toilet tank cover. After that, look if the chain of flapper is attached at both ends. If one end is loose, try to fix it up with the center and then see if the flushing starts or not. If it is still not working then check if the plastic flapper is properly placed at the bottom of the tank opening. Place it back properly and see if it starts flushing. If still nothing happens, it is possible that the plastic flapper needs to be changed.


The above techniques have given you an idea about how you can manually flush your automatic toilet. If nothing of the above techniques work then it is also a possibility that the sensors in your automatic toilet have some problem and you need to call the technician.

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