Slow-flushing toilets are a frustrating experience for many homeowners. Read on to learn about the common causes and what you can do about them!
Common Reasons For A Slow-Flushing Toilet
If your toilet starts taking much too long to flush, dozens of thoughts can flood your mind as soon as you notice: what’s making it go so slow? Do I need to get the plunger? Will I need to call the plumber if the plunger doesn’t work?
There are multiple things that make your toilet take too long to flush, and we are here to help you identify them. Read on to learn the signs that your toilet is sending you SOS signals. They could be a lifesaver in the future.
Low Water level
The most common issue is also the most obvious: the water level isn’t high enough to let it flush the way it should. If the water in the tank is not up to the recommended level, your toilet may not have the power it needs to flush properly. Increased water levels produce a more intense flushing force.
You need to ensure your water level is accurate. You’ll need to call Beehive Plumbing if there’s a problem with the water supply. In the meantime, try filling up the tank manually until our team can assist you.
Clogged Drain Pipe
Clogged drain pipes are another highly common cause of slow-flushing toilets. Over time, debris, toilet paper, and foreign objects can accumulate and restrict water flow. A partial blockage can result in weak flushes. If the clog is bad enough, the toilet water may even get forced back into the bowl.
Luckily, there is a quick fix. Use a plunger or a toilet auger to break up the clog and restore smooth flow.
Faulty Flapper Valve
Sometimes the issue is more mechanical than just low water. The flapper valve is a crucial component that releases water from the tank into the bowl during a flush. If the flapper is worn out, it may not create a proper seal when closed, leading to water leakage and a weak flush.
Look at your flapper for any signs of wear or misalignment, and replace it if necessary. Ensure the new flapper is compatible with your toilet model for optimal performance.
Mineral Buildup on the Rim
Believe it or not, the rim could be part of the problem. Toilets with rim jets provide a powerful flushing action by directing water around the bowl’s rim.
However, these rim jets can become clogged with mineral deposits over time, making them less effective.
Once again, we’ve got your back with this too. Cleaning the rim jets with a mixture of vinegar and water or using a small brush to scrub away the deposits can often resolve this issue and improve flushing performance.
Keep your toilet running with Beehive Plumbing!
A slow-flushing toilet can be a frustrating experience, but our team at Beehive Plumbing is equipped to handle it.
Understanding these common causes and taking appropriate action can restore your toilet’s flushing efficiency and ensure a smooth, trouble-free experience. Contact us today to learn more!