If your toilet is flushing at a snail pace, the natural question to ask is: What is causing the slow down? There are various reasons why your toilet may not be flushing appropriately. Knowing how to troubleshoot the issue legitimately will help you to fix the problem without harming your toilet or the pipes beneath it. The following covers some of the most common reasons why a toilet has a slow flush.

Tank Deposits

Sometimes a slow flush occurs due to mineral deposits that collect in the tank.  Such deposits can cause the toilet's float to close before it is supposed to. Verify that the supply tank is completely topping off each one time that you flush.  If is not, remove any sediment in the tank.  Check to see if all of the parts in the tank are functioning correctly.  Replace any of them that are broken or corroded.


Often, it is what is being flushed that causes a toilet to begin a slow drain.  Most likely an obstruction is located on the line and needs to be loosed in order to return the toilet to working order.  When there is a slow flush, usually the problem is minor.  Use a standard plunger to create a tight seal.  Then work the plunger vigorously as necessary to remove the clog.

If you find that the plunger is not releasing the clog, you may have a serious blockage.  To clear these type of obstructions a snake should be used.  Those who have not used a snake may want to call a professional since it is possible to damage your pipes.  Also, there may be a larger issue within the pipes that will require the experience of a trained plumber.  When in doubt, call a local plumber for advice.

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