It can be confusing, frustrating, and even somewhat embarrassing. We’re talking about a toilet that has a flush so wimpy, it can’t push all of its contents down the drain in one attempt.
There’s no such thing as steroids to make your toilet stronger but there are some simple ways you can use to improve the power of the flush. Here are the top four tips from our plumbing pros.
Clean the rim jets
The rim jets are holes in the base of the toilet where water comes out of when you flush. We assume you keep your toilet bowl sparkling clean – but you may not be scrubbing the rim jets. If mineral deposits or bacteria build up in the holes, it will affect the water pressure that’s important for pushing the contents of the toilet down the drain. Luckily, this is a pretty simple fix. Take some vinegar and an old toothbrush – then reach up into the rim jets to clean out all the holes.
Fix any clogs
Toilet clogs are a very common problem – and one that homeowners can often ignore if it’s minor and not causing a complete back-up. But the truth is even a small clog in the toilet trap or drainpipe can disrupt the flow enough to weaken the flush of the toilet. If you think you might have a partial clog, take a plunger or plumber’s snake and try to clear it. Give the toilet a test flush and see if you notice a difference in the strength of the flush.
Adjust the water refill tube
Located in the tank, the refill tube’s job is the regulate the amount of water that fills the tank after each flush. The refill tube is connected to the float, which rises with the water until it reaches a set level. At this point, the refill tube is triggered to turn off. The problem is when the refill line is set too low, so there’s not enough water in the tank to perform a successful flush. Adjusting the refill tube or fixing a stuck float arm could do the trick and allow enough water in the tank.
Reposition or replace the flapper
Moving farther down the toilet tank, you’ll find a rubber flapper that covers the opening where water transfers from the tank to the base. When you push down the handle of the toilet, it pulls the flapper up to initiate a flush. Once the tank is empty, the flapper goes back down to seal the tank so it can be refilled. A few things can happen to the flapper. The chain could be tangled or too tight, and simply needs to be adjusted. Or, the rubber material could be cracked or worn out, which would require you to replace the flapper.
Toilet repair and unclogging service in Northwest Houston
There other more-complicated issues that could cause a weak flush in a toilet. So if the above tips don’t fix the problem, then it’s time to call in the professionals at Rooter-Man Plumbers. Whether it’s clearing a clog or any other cause, we can get your toilet flushing like new in no time. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 281.351.4422.