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What are the Causes of a Slow Flushing Toilet?

March 4, 2020 | Blog

There are several reasons for a slow flushing toilet. It is important to know when you can fix it yourself and when you need to call a professional. A clogged drain could use a plumber, while a clogged toilet could just use a plunger. Here are a few different and common causes of a slow flushing toilet.

Low Water Level in the Tank

Having a low water level in your toilet tank is one of the most common reasons for a weak flush. The water must be at a certain level in order to have enough power to cause a downward suction. If you check your level and it is low, simply adding water could help solve the problem.

A Loose or Old Flapper Valve

There is a stopper called a flapper valve located in the toilet tank. When you flush the toilet, this opens up and stops the flow of water between the tank and toilet, so that the water in the tank can fill back up. The valve can wear over time, and the stopper may not be able to fully stop the passage. This is a simple fix, but if you are uncomfortable handling it yourself, you can always call a professional plumber.

Buildup Around the Jet Holes

Minerals build-up due to the hard toilet water. That buildup clogs the jet holes from producing a strong enough flush. The water that is released from the tank by the flapper valve is pushed through these holes that are located under the toilet rim. You can easily solve this problem by frequently scrubbing and cleaning your toilet when you see buildup.

You Might Have a Mild Clog

A full clog stops your toilet from flushing completely, while a mild clog only blocks half of the pipe. This could be due to mineral buildup or foreign objects being flushed down the drain. This is more common for parents whose children have flushed down their toys. No matter what caused the clog, it can create an uneven flush way and restrict water flow. It is best to call a professional whenever it comes to issues involving pipes.

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