Do you have a slow-flushing toilet? This problem can leave you feeling frustrated, but with a little know-how, you can fix most toilet flushing issues yourself. Of course, emergency plumbers will help you fix the problem, but first, why not try one of these suggestions?
Check the Water Level in the Tank
Low water levels in the toilet’s tank can affect how fast the toilet flushes, and it’s one of the most common reasons for flushing problems. The water level must be at the recommended level; otherwise, the toilet will exhibit poor flushing. The recommended water level is a half-inch below the overflow pipe.
Sometimes the flap from the flush-valve system gets stuck, and this affects the tank’s ability to finish filling. If the flap is covering the hole at the bottom of the tank, fill the tank with water to the recommended level.
Did this solve the flushing problem? If not, call for a plumbing service company to get a professional opinion.
Another reason for a slow-flushing toilet is a clog in the drainpipe. If the toilet flushes, but the water drains slowly, this is a sign that something is blocking the drain. There are two kinds of drain clogs, shallow and deep.
A shallow clog exists before the drain trap and can usually be released by plunging the toilet. These clogs are typical when too much toilet paper is used, or the toilet doesn’t have enough flushing power to push organic and non-organic waste through the trap.
Deep clogs exist beyond the trap and can’t be treated using the typical household plunger. Often, years of buildup and poor flushing habits cause these clogs. Water might still get through the pipe, but you’ll experience slow flushing and need to call plumbers to fix the problem using special drain cleaning tools.
Calcium Buildup Under the Toilet’s Rim
If your drains aren’t clogged, and water levels look good inside the tank, then check the jet holes under the toilet’s rim. These are the holes that release water back into the bowl after flushing. They may be plugged up with calcium buildup. This is a common problem for households that have hard water.
Hard water causes mineral deposits to form. You can tell if this might be a problem by removing the tank’s lid. Is the tank stained orange? Are there small, white particles floating in the tank. If so, chances are you have mineral buildup elsewhere in the toilet, including the jet holes along the rim of the toilet. Use a cleaner like CLR to clean the holes and see if this eases the flushing problem.
When to Call for Plumbing Service
The best time to call local plumbers is when you’ve exhausted all your options and can’t get the situation to improve. You could have a water pressure issue; the toilet may need replacing because it’s old, or there’s another problem that requires a licensed plumber to diagnose and fix.
Bathroom plumbing gets used frequently throughout the day. It’s not uncommon for slow-flushing problems to happen from time to time. One way to keep major problems from affecting your residential plumbing system is to have regular maintenance services that include drain cleaning and inspections. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a professional plumbing inspection, call The Plumb Doctor LLC, your local plumbing company in Kennesaw, GA.