Sometimes there is really nothing worse than a toilet that will not flush properly. Yes, it’s a real pain when whatever you just dumped into the toilet doesn’t flush. So, today we want to figure out how to make a toilet flush better.
1. Check For Clogs
The first thing that you need to do to make your toilet flush better is to check that it is not clogged. Whatever the case might be, a clogged toilet is usually almost always the cause of a toilet not flushing right.
So, get a bucket of water, at least 1 gallon, and pour it into the toilet. It should drain normally. If it does not drain in the amount of time it would usually take for it to drain, then you probably have a clog. Yes, this means having to bust out the toilet plunger and giving it a few good plunges. If this does not get the job done, the clog may be more serious, and you may need to use a toilet snake to snake out the tubes.
If this still does not solve the issue, you may have to call a plumber to open the system up and manually remove any debris that may be caught in the pipes.
2. Check the Water Level in the Toilet Tank
The next step in helping to make your toilet flush better is to open up the top toilet tank. Take the lid off and check to see where the water level is. This is going to depend on the water tank float assembly. This is that arm and the rubber ball which floats on top of the water. If you have it set too low, or in other words, if the ball is set to make the tank stop filling up at a level that is not ideal, you will need to manually adjust it.
This means loosening the assembly so that the ball can move further up in the tank before it causes the tank to stop refilling. In other words, your toilet might not be flushing well because the fill assembly in the tank does not allow enough water in, and therefore, there is not enough water to properly flush.
In most cases, this should solve the problem. However, if this is not the problem, there are other issues which may be the cause.
3. Check the Flush HolesThe next reason why your toilet might not be flushing well is due to the holes in the toilet bowl being clogged. This is usually caused by really hard water that contains a lot of calcium and other minerals, which over time will build up and harden, therefore clogging things, such as those holes in the bowl where the water comes out. Moreover, this issue is often caused by a lack of cleaning and maintenance.
You will probably have to get down on your hands and knees for this one, because you need to flush your toilet and keep an eye on those holes. How is the water flowing out of them? Does the water come through forcefully, or is there more of a trickle going on? If there is a trickle going on, or just a limited amount of water coming out, the holes are clogged.
An easy way to remedy this situation is to get something like a sewing needle, or some other object that is thin, sharp, and narrow, and simply scrape the holes out manually.
4. Bleach the System
Now, if the 3 previous steps we have gone through still have not done the trick, it might be time to take some more extreme action. In this case, you may have to flush out your toilet using bleach. No, this is not very environment-friendly, but it might be your only option. To do this, you first want to turn off the water supply to your toilet. This way, when you flush it, it will not fill back up with clean water; you want to flush the water out and leave the tank empty, so you can then fill it up with bleach.
Let the bleach soak in the toilet tank for roughly 20 minutes, flush, then repeat this over again. This process should be more than enough for the bleach to loosen up and dissolve anything that is clogging the system. Turn the water supply to the toilet back on, and flush every 5 minutes for the next half hour to dislodge any remaining remnants.
5. Vinegar Soak
If all else fails, you can always try a vinegar soak on your toilet. First off, open the lid of your toilet tank and disconnect the rubber fill hose from the assembly. Now, take a funnel and place it inside of the tube inside of the toilet tank, and fill it up with as much white vinegar as you can.
Let the vinegar sit in there for about 2 hours, as the acid in the vinegar will help to dissolve materials, it will loosen things up, and it helps to kill germs too. This should be enough to get rid of any remaining deposits which are causing your toilet to not flush as well as it otherwise would.
Alright, so going through these 5 steps should be more than enough to get your toilet back in working order, but if it still does not work, you might have some more serious mechanical issues going on. If your toilet still does not flush right, you might have to call a plumber, and if they cannot fix it, you might find yourself in the market for a new toilet.
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