Is your toilet struggling to clear the ‘contents’ in a single flush? Do you have to flush twice or thrice to get the job done? If this is the case, it means that your toilet’s flush is weak, and it isn’t functioning correctly. Having a faint flush is frustrating as you have to flush again and again to clear the contents of the bowl. This doesn’t just consume time but also wastes a fair amount of water. Fortunately, fixing a weak toilet flush is easy. We will guide you on how to fix your toilet flush and get it to flush better.
There Could be a Clog
Sometimes, clogs can render your toilet completely useless, and you have to clear the clog to fix the problem. However, a clog can also partially block the flow of water through the pipes. Due to the clog, the water pressure of your flush decreases and you get a flush that isn’t able to clear the contents of the toilet. Pour a bucket of cold water into the toilet bowl and then flush the toilet. If the toilet doesn’t flush properly even after you add more water, then it probably means that your toilet is partially clogged. Clearing partial toilet clogs isn’t too hard. You will have to plunge your toilet to clear the clog thoroughly. Or, you can remove the blockage using a plumber’s snake as well. Both methods are effective and should be able to clear the clog and make your toilet flush stronger.
Bowl’s Water Level Could be the Issue
When you flush the toilet, water from the tank flows into the bowl with pressure to clear the contents. After a flush, the tank needs to refill. The refill tube connected to the tank starts adding water as soon as a rubber device in the tank drops below a fill line. Water keeps on accumulating in the tank until the float is at the fill line.
Open your toilet’s tank and check the float as well as the fill line. Keep the tank opened and flush the toilet. Watch the water as it drains into the toilet bowl and fills back up. If you see that the tube connected to the tank stops adding more water before the float reaches the fill line, it means that your tank is not completely filling up with water. Thus your toilet will not be able to flush with the required pressure. You can adjust the float by moving it with your hand and changing its position on the arm through which it connects to the toilet’s refill tube. Your toilet should flush stronger now. If not, you will have to call a plumber to diagnose the problem and fix your toilet flush.
Rim Might Need Cleaning
Water enters the bowl through jet holes arranged on the upper rim of the toilet bowl. The flow of water and its pressure is controlled by these jets as water enters the bowl. Jet holes also create a centrifugal force that is paramount for a strong flush. These jets can get clogged over time, making it difficult for water to flow with pressure through them. The pressure that is supposed to get into the flush gets wasted in clearing the obstructions, so you end up with a weaker flush. Look for jet holes under the toilet rim. You should be able to tell if mineral deposits or sediment have clogged up the small nozzles that are supposed to let water in. Use a vinegar solution or a cleaning agent and an old wire or toothbrush to clear the blockage on the nozzles. Once you are done, clean the bowl and nozzles using a toilet bowl cleaner or beach. Your toilet will likely flush with pressure now.
Flapper Might Require Some Adjustment
A cup-like fixture that is found at the base of the toilet tank is called a toilet flapper. This fixture is used to cover the opening that leads to the bowl. It is connected to the handle of the toilet via a chain or metallic rod. When you flush the toilet, the flapper rises from its position, allowing the water to flow from the toilet tank to the bowl. A pressure difference is introduced when the water enters the bowl, and fast-flowing water clears away the contents of the bowl. When the flapper doesn’t rise as much as it is supposed to or if it closes quicker than it should, then sufficient water will not flow from the tank to the bowl. A worn-out flapper might even leak water into the bowl. You can adjust the flapper easily by repositioning the chain or rod to give it more slack or less slack. Flush the toilet after making these adjustments to see if the new position works.
We have shown you how to get your toilet to flush stronger. If you do everything we have discussed above, you should be able to fix your toilet flush. If the problem persists even after you have tried everything we listed above, you should call a plumber from Rowin Plumbing to diagnose the problem. We will send an experienced plumber to check your toilet and fix the issue so that your toilet flushes properly.
To hire our plumber for toilet repair, call us at 661 252 5757.