Why is My Toilet Flushing Slowly?

Why is My Toilet Flushing Slowly?

You go to flush your toilet per usual when you notice a sad, slow swirl in the bowl. It just can’t seem to empty its contents down the pipe. This can be disheartening and maybe even embarrassing. If your toilet is old, it may have just reached its expiration date. But it could be one of five other common reasons. Keep reading to figure out why your toilet is flushing a little too slowly and when it’s time to call in a plumber from Stephens Plumbing.

Low Water Level in Tank

Open the tank and take notice of the water level. There should be a marked line where the manufacturer suggests the water level should be at. If the water is below it, there’s not enough water in the tank to create sufficient power and suction in the toilet bowl. Adjust the fill valve so that it meets the manufacturer’s marked waterline. 

A Faulty Flapper Valve

The rubber stopper located at the bottom of the tank is called the flapper. This is basically the door between your tank and bowl. When you push the flush handle, It opens the flapper, releasing a rush of water into your bowl. If the flapper seal is weak, water will slowly trickle into the bowl, losing suction and flushing power. Simply clean or replace the flapper to remedy the problem.

A Broken Lift Chain

The chain that connects your flush handle to the flapper can sometimes snap or fall off. When this happens, no water can enter the bowl to effectively flush it. Reattach or replace the chain to fix this, making sure it’s adjusted at the proper level. If it’s too low or too high, the flapper will not work properly.

Clogged Drains

Most of us have experienced a clogged toilet at some point in our lives. Sometimes it can’t be avoided but other times it’s the result of improper waste disposal. You should never toss anything into your bowl aside from toilet paper. Sanitary products and wipes are common perpetrators for clogs. Many times you can unclog a drain with a plunger. But sometimes it’s best to call in a professional plumber to handle larger clogs.

Mineral Buildup in Jet Holes

The rim of your toilet is lined with jet holes. These holes propel water into the bowl. Since they are tucked up inside the toilet’s rim, it’s easy to forget about cleaning them. Over time, they will build up minerals from the water. The minerals will block the holes and prevent water from coming through. To eliminate the mineral deposits, clean the rim with a mineral remover or allow it to soak in white vinegar for 30 minutes. 

Stephens Plumbing Can Figure Out Why Your Toilet is Flushing Slowly

You’re bound to experience a toilet problem from time to time. Slow flushing is one of them. Thankfully, Stephens Plumbing is available 24/7. Our licensed plumbers will get to the bottom of your toilet flushing problem and offer the best solution. Servicing California for more than 30 years, we are ready to service your bathroom plumbing with the highest level of expertise. Contact us today and get that toilet running again.