Have to Hold down Toilet Handle to Flush? How to Repair

What You'll Need
Replacement handle

There are many things that you can do to to fix a toilet that won't flush properly, including replacing the toilet handle. The handle can be fixed in a number of ways, for example by unscrewing it and screwing it back on, which is a simple fix which can be done in a few moments. Sometimes, a leaky toilet demands that you call a plumber, but the cost is often prohibitive, and you should not be afraid of taking on difficult tasks which can be done in a few minutes and will help you to save a great deal of money. While replacing your toilet handle can be daunting, it is not that difficult once you get the hang of it, and should not take too much out of your day.

Step 1 – Turn Off the Water

You can do this by unscrewing the valve which can be found under the base of the tank, and then flushing the toilet in order to get rid of as much of the water as you can from the system. You can take out the rest of the water, or flush again to get rid of the last piece. You may also use a towel or sponge to soak up the remaining water.

Step 2 – Unscrew the Handle

In order to do this, you must disconnect the mechanism which connects the handle to the flush valve. Remove this connection, which is usually plastic, and you should then be able to locate the bolt which holds the handle onto the toilet. Unscrew this using your wrench, and then pull out the bolt and the handle at the same time. The handle itself might be repairable, so examine it closely. If you spot any cracks or damage in the metal, you will not be able to correct this problem.

Step 3 – Replace the Handle

Once you have decided to discard the old handle, you will need to replace the part. Unscrew the bolt from the new handle using your screwdriver, and then push the handle through the hole in the toilet. Your bolt should screw on manually at first, and then more tightly onto the  base of the handle using the wrench. You should then attempt to reconnect the plastic link, although this may take you several goes.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to replace the water into the tank, and turn on the water at the valve again. When this is done, wait for the tank to fill up, and then use your new handle to empty the tank. If you have correctly fitted the handle, you should be able to see the water flow through to the bowl, and there should be no problem.