Have you ever flushed your toilet and watched the water go down but for some reason the bowl doesn’t go down? What is going on?
We’re going to show you four actions you can take on how to make your toilet flush better. These are very common problems but most homeowners overlook them.
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Tip #1 – Plunge
Before you go looking for a variety of reasons don’t forget that there could be something in the bowl itself and if that’s the case take a still plunger like the one pictured below.
Put your plunger down inside the horn of the bowl and using the proper plunging technique you always start at the bottom and push down. Flush the bowl making sure you get water on top of the plunger.
You always want water on top of the plunger when you’re using proper plunger techniques. Start at the bottom and pull up briskly, do this as many times as needed until you are sure that it is absolutely clear of any debris.
If this doesn’t do the trick move on to tip #2.
Tip #2 – Clean the Toilet Bowl Jets
Around the rim of the bowl, there are a series of holes that wash down the sides of the bowl when you flush. If you’re in hard water areas those holes have a tendency to get stopped up with calcium and mineral deposits.
Occasionally you need to go in there with a hanger and probe those holes and flush while you probe to get that calcium out.
An even better solution is to remove your toilet tank cover and introduce through the overflow tube a pint of white vinegar using a small little funnel.
The white vinegar will find its way into the rim of the bowl. Do this for five consecutive days and the best time to do it is at night before you go to bed.
Put the vinegar in overflow tube and let it sit all night and the next morning you flush it and it will loosen all the calcium and mineral deposits in the jets.
Tip #3 – Adjust the Fill Valve
The height of your fill valve should be maxed out meaning that it sits about 1/2 inch below the tank or flush with the top of the tank.
So this gives you maximum height and you can fine tune by using the adjustment screw and the float. If your fill valve sits 2-3 inches below the tank it’s a sign that there’s not enough water in the tank to properly evacuate the bowl.
Once you have the fill valve at the proper height and do your fine tune adjustment your water should be anywhere between 1/2 to 1 inch below the overflow tube.
That should be your goal and will help ensure that you a full tank of water to get a full flush.
Tip #4 – Replace the Flapper
Over time the rubber flapper that sits on the bottom of your tank becomes waterlogged.
They become very heavy and rather than stay up during the full cycle of the flush it will flop back down before the tank empties out.
If the flapper goes back down there will still be a half of tank of water inside.
When that happens it’s time for a new flapper.
Also, If you have a spongy and heavy silicone flapper it may be flopping down before the tank has a chance to empty itself.
If this is happening it’s time to put a new flapper in.
These are some handy little tricks to look out for on how to make a toilet flush better without the need of having to call a plumber.