Toilet designs haven’t changed very much in recent years. Most home toilets have a storage tank at the back of the toilet that holds the water. When the toilet is flushed, the flapper below the water is raised.
This allows water into the bowl and down the drain along with whatever was in the toilet bowl. There are a number of things that can interfere with flushing pressure, but all is not lost. Keep reading to learn some of the things you can do to increase your toilet’s flush pressure.
1. Check the Chain
Some toilets have a chain that connects the flapper cap to the flush handle. If that chain is too long, the handle won’t be able to properly lift the flapper cap. This will prevent the toilet from flushing properly. To solve this problem, shorten the chain length by hooking into another link on the chain.
2. Adjust the Water Level
In order for your toilet to properly flush, the water level in the toilet tank has to be at the right level. Take off the lid from the toilet tank and check to make sure the water level is about one inch below the overflow tube that’s found in the middle of the tank. If the water is lower than that, you will have to adjust the float in order to raise the level of the water.
If your toilet has a ball float, you will need to turn the screw that’s on top of the fill valve in a clockwise direction to raise the water level. If your toilet has a cylinder float valve attached to the fill valve, you’ll have to squeeze the clip on the side of the float and pull up on the float until the water goes to the level you want.
3. Open the Water Valve
The water to your toilet is fed through a valve that you’ll find behind the toilet on the floor or wall. Ensure the valve is set to the full “on” position in order to experience the best flushing performance. Turn the valve in a counterclockwise direction using your hand until it won’t go any further.
Depending on your toilet you might need to only give it half a turn; other models will need several full rotations to open all the way. If the water valve is partially closed, the fill performance of the tank will be impacted.
4. Unclog the Rim
On the underside of the toilet rim are many small holes, through which water travels from the tank into the bowl. If those holes get clogged with lime buildup or other debris. the water won’t be able to get into the bowl with the proper amount of force. Look under the rim at the holes to check for signs of clogging. Brush vigorously with a nylon brush to clear clogs and improve the toilet’s flush performance.
5. Expert Tips
Although most toilet flush problems can be easy to fix, there are some situations where you might want to call in the pros. Major problems like raw sewage backing up into your house, a severe water leak, when water supply to your house is cut off, or when you can’t figure out the cause of a plumbing problem require you to ask a plumber for help.
Make sure he or she is licensed and insured. It’s also a good idea to check with your homeowner’s or rental insurance carrier to see if your plumbing emergency is covered by your insurance policy.