Why Is My Toilet Flushing So Slowly?

Nothing is more sacred than our time on the porcelain throne, and we mean nothing is more sacred. Sure we love our families, but there are times we need those few minutes in the day to have peace of mind knowing that there is always time for ourselves to have privacy. So why let that precious bathroom time get ruined by a slow flushing toilet? While slow flushing can seem like it appears randomly, we break down three big reasons your toilet may be flushing slowly!

Clogs Galore

Well, who could have seen this coming? A clog is making your toilet flush slowly. Yes, we know that this may be the first guess many of you have when a toilet flushes gradually, but sometimes the signs of a clog are not as obvious. While some clogs in toilets are apparent, there can be clogs deep within your plumbing that do not have immediate symptoms until some time has passed and your toilet begins to flush slowly.

To quickly test for a clog, use the simple trick of pouring water down your toilet bowl! If the water in your toilet bowl keeps rising without leveling out, you have a clog! The best way to combat any clog is with a good old-fashioned plunger or some vinegar and baking soda that can clear nasty blockages. Before reaching for the drain cleaner, do remember that those harsh chemicals can damage your pipes over extended usage and can be overkill for most common clogs.

Minerals In My Toilet

What could be slowing down your toilet can be rocks, more specifically mineral build-up in your toilet. In every toilet, you have jet holes around the time, which are the openings that allow water from the tank to flow into your bowl when you flush. Over time these jet holes can clog due to hard water issues that cause mineral build-up.

When jet holes are clogged, this leads to slow flushes that can impede your daily living. To remove mineral build-up, make sure to use proper mineral remover found in your local home goods store and a tool like a screwdriver to help scrape up any mineral deposit.

Water Levels

The funny thing about many slow flushing cases we encounter is that sometimes the solution is staring us right in the face, but we tend to overlook it because of how simple it can be. Check your toilet’s water level in the tank, as sometimes low water levels can cause slow flushes. If the water level is below the overflow pipe, you can remedy the problem by, you guessed it, pouring some more water into your tank to help get a regular flush going.

While these tips should help the most common causes of slow flushing, you need professional plumbing care if you still have toilet problems after trying these solutions! At Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Electric we know toilet repairs can be a hassle for homeowners, which is why when you call (334) 231-6980 today, we guarantee to handle the dirty work so you can relax!