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How To Fix Your Slow-Flushing Toilet
A slow-flushing toilet can be inconvenient. Fortunately, a few common problems that lead a toilet to flush slowly can typically be fixed without needing
a plumber.
Your toilet may flush slowly because it's partially clogged. To remedy this, you can use a plunger or a drain snake.
You can also unclog it by pouring hot water and dish soap, or baking soda and vinegar, down the drain. Wait 20 minutes and flush.
Another problem with an easy fix is a toilet with a low water level. If this is the issue, open up the tank and adjust the level of the float so that more water fills the tank.
Those with hard water may be dealing with mineral buildup on the jet holes. Scrub the jet holes with a stiff toilet brush dripped in distilled white vinegar to clean them.
Another issue you could be facing is a broken flush valve. Luckily, many say that this is the easiest toilet part to replace, and it will cost under $20 on Amazon.
The issue can also be caused by blocked plumbing vent pipes on the roof. This may be the case if you notice a sewer smell or if your toilet starts to gurgle when flushed.
To fix this, get on the roof and have someone inside the home flush the toilet while you place the palm of your hand against the vent.
If you don't feel a suctioning sensation, the clog is somewhere in the system you can't easily reach. Use a plumber's snake and rinse with a garden hose to unblock it.