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What Causes a Slow Flushing Toilet

Having a slow flushing toilet can be a real pain. A slow flushing toilet is one complaint we hear quit often from Denver Metro home owners. Inadequate flushing power can be caused by several different things. One cause can be an old toilet that needs to be replaced. We will cover a few other possible causes of a slow flushing toilet.

Low water levels can cause a slow flushing toilet

This is the leading cause of a slow flushing toilet or an inadequate toilet flush. If the water in the tank is below the recommended level, there will not be enough flushing power which will lead to a slow flush. When the tank is filled with water, the toilet will have an intense flushing force. The great flushing force is required for the bowl to be completely emptied. To fix this problem, ensure that your bowl is filled with water up to half an inch below the drain pipe.

Mineral build-up along the rim of the toilet can cause a slow flushing toilet

Slow flush could be caused by clogged jet holes along the toilet rim. Minerals build up around these holes with every flush. Continuous build-up reduces the flushing power of the toilet, thus leading to low flush.

Homeowners can fix the problem if there is minimum mineral accumulation in the jet holes. The deposits can be removed using a metallic tool such as a screwdriver and mineral remover. Nevertheless, if there is a significant mineral build-up, you will need to call your plumber to take care of the problem.

A Faulty flapper valve can cause a slow flushing toilet 

Flapper valves are set to respond in a pre-defined manner after the tank has been emptied. Usually, it either responds too fast or too slow. However, at times the water level in the tank is lower than it should be which makes the flapper valve not seal as it should. This interferes with the pressure balance and disrupts the draining speed which leads to a slow flush. To fix the problem, ensure that the tank has adequate water and confirm if it is warped. If the valve is damaged or is old, consider replacing it.

A Broken bowl can cause a slow flushing toilet

The interior colon of the flushing unit operates through pressure differences. Therefore, for it to pump water out to the drainage pipe, the colon has to be airtight. If the inner colon is cracked or broken, the system will have pressure imbalance, and this will lead to weak flushing power. This necessitates immediate fixing. Due to the complex nature of the interior colon, it is advisable to contact a plumber to repair or replace the damaged colon.

Weak flushing systems can cause a slow flushing toilet

Accumulation of deposits and impurities from hard water in old gallon flush toilets is a common cause of slow flushing toilets. The deposits and impurities weaken the flushing system by blocking the water pathways, thus reducing the diameter of the pipes and causing the water to flow slowly. Consequently, slow water flow reduces the flushing power and the bowl is not thoroughly cleaned.

Homeowners in the Denver Metro Area can fix this problem by cleaning the pipe using muriatic acid which removes the sticky deposits accumulated on the pipes. If the problem persists, call a plumber to fix your toilet.

Clogged drains can cause a slow flushing toilet

Toilets could be clogged by materials such as baby wipes, food particles, dental floss, and paper towels. These materials build up and eventually clog up the drain. Clogs can be prevented by choosing carefully what you place in the toilet’s bowl. Items such as cigarette butts are not bio-degradable and thus can block your toilet when you flush them down the drain. Clogged drains can be unclogged using a plunger.

Every homeowner wants to have a toilet that functions properly. A slow flushing toilet could be a sign of an underlying plumbing issue in a home. Therefore, it is important to get to the cause of the issue before the problem escalates. Some of the problems that lead to slow flushing toilets are complex and require the services of professionals. Homeowners in the Denver Metro Area should be cautious of the plumbers they hire as poorly done jobs could lead to even greater plumbing issue that will cost a lot of time and money.