Toilet Handle Sticks

Toilet Handle Sticks

A toilet handle that sticks can create a lot of anxiety. After all, if you’re unable to flush, you may worry about the cost of repairs or the shame and humiliation that could be hurled at you from the next person to use the bathroom. The good news is that a toilet handle that sticks down usually requires nothing more than a simple DIY fix. Here’s how to fix it yourself in just a few simple steps.

How to Fix a Toilet Handle that Sticks in 6 Steps

Materials Needed

  • Paper Towel
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver

Step 1. Remove the toilet tank lid.

Be sure to clear an area to set down the lid. Toilet tank lids are heavy and break easily, so use both hands when lifting the toilet tank lid up and removing it.

Step 2. Remove the toilet handle.

After removing the tank lid, you’re ready to remove the handle. Using the pliers, carefully remove the toilet handle nut. After the nut has been removed, unscrew the toilet handle.

Step 3. Examine and clean.

Examine the toilet handle to ensure there is no dirt or debris. Sometimes dirt build-up can prevent the handle from moving up and down. You can clean the dirt off of the handle with a paper towel.

Step 4. Refasten the toilet handle nut.

Retighten the nut, making sure to not fasten it too tight.

Step 5. Test the handle.

Press the toilet handle down to flush to ensure it’s no longer stuck. If the toilet handle stays down or won’t go up, follow the further directions below.

Step 6. Put the lid back.

Carefully put the lid back on the toilet tank.

What To Do If You Can’t Fix a Toilet Handle That’s Stuck

If you’re still unable to fix the problem after following the steps or replacing the toilet handle, you’ll want to examine your toilet chain.

When flushing properly, the flush arm pulls on the lift chain, which lifts the flapper up away from the flush valve. Though, when the chain has too much slack, the flush arm is unable to lift the flapper high enough to properly flush. So if the handle is not held down during the flush, the flapper falls back over the flush valve — preventing water flow and creating the sensation of a stuck toilet handle.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.