A toilet that does not flush properly due to insufficient pressure can put you in uncomfortable situations, such as not being able to leave the bathroom immediately after use, as you have to flush the toilet multiple times, wasting water in the process. Also, this problem will make it more difficult for you to keep your toilet clean. Now, if you want to restore or improve your toilet’s overall flushing pressure, follow these steps:
1. Check Your Toilet If It Is Clogged.
You can begin by pouring in about a gallon of water into the toilet and then flushing it. If it does not flush properly, then most likely you have a clogged toilet. You can fix such a problem using a standard plunger for minor clogs or an auger for more serious ones. If you do not have a clog, then you can move on to the next step.
2. Check If The Water Is At The Right Level.
Remove the tank cover and check if the water level reaches the designated line. If it is not, then you have to use the float assembly, which is located just inside the tank, to adjust the water to the right level.
3. Try To Find Any Clogs Around The Rim.
There is a series of flush holes located around the rim of the bowl, which can sometimes get clogged, decreasing the water pressure when you flush your toilet. To clear up any blockage that may exist in these holes, you can try using a coat hanger, bobby pin or a small drill bit and push it through them. When you think you have cleared them up, flush your toilet to check for some improvements in flushing pressure.
4. Clean Your Toilet.
Before you start cleaning, make sure you have completely turned off the water supply valve that you can find at the back portion of your toilet. When there is no water running into the unit, you can pour in some bleach into the bowl. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes and flush it, to let the bleach work its way naturally through the toilet system, cleaning out any build-up that has been reducing your toilet’s flush pressure. After turning the water supply back on, flush your toilet a few more times to completely wash the bleach down.
5. Apply Some Vinegar.
When performing a vinegar soak, you should first open the lid of the tank. Then, remove the rubber fill hose that is located on top of the overflow tube. Place a funnel on the tube inside of the tank and pour some white vinegar into the tube through the funnel. Let the vinegar sit in for at least 2 hours to fully disinfect and help loosen build-up in the toilet system. Finally, replace everything and flush your toilet.
Taking the time to perform these steps should improve your toilet’s overall flushing pressure. If you do not see any difference, then maybe it is time to call in the professionals to get the job done.