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How to Fix a Weak Flushing Toilet


A weak flushing toilet can be a person's worst nightmare because it can result in clogs occurring more often. There are a few reasons on why the flush can be lackluster. Luckily, here are a few ways to fix this problem.

  1. Low Water Level – The less water in the tank of the toilet, the weaker the flush will be. To increase the amount of water that sits in the tank, adjust the float to a level that the manufacturer recommends. Be careful when adjusting the float because this piece is sensitive and can break or bend easily.
  2. Flapper Speed – The flapper is a piece that is located inside of the toilet's tank that will empty the tank water into the bowl. On the flapper is a chain and this should be shortened in length if it doesn't drain enough of the tank water. A shorter chain will be able to hold the flapper open for a longer period of time.
  3. Mineral Buildup – Calcium buildup is common for toilets and cleaning the minerals out is super simple. Start off by shutting the water supply to your toilet, draining the tank, and tieing the flapper open. Next, pour a cup of toilet bowl cleaner into the flush valve opening and letting it sit for about an hour. Afterwards, mix a half cup of water and a half cup of toilet bowl cleaner, and proceed to pour that into the flush valve opening. Close the flapper, turn the water back on, and flush the toilet at least three times.

A weak flushing toilet can cause problems over time if left in its current state. Luckily, you can fix it with one of these easy fixes. If neither of these solutions work on your toilet, contact the experts at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.