A weak flushing toilet can be annoying, unhygienic, and the start of a larger plumbing problem. There are a few solutions you can try to repair a weak flushing toilet before needing a full replacement.
1. Clear clog in the trap
As with most toilet issues, the most logical place to start is by checking to make sure there isn’t a blockage or clog. Even a small or partial clog can disrupt the water flow enough to prevent a full flush.
2. Open the water valve
The water valve controls the water entering the toilet and is located where the water supply pipe meets the bottom of the toilet tank. The valve is useful when you need to shut off the water for repair or to prevent an overflow. Check the valve by turning it counterclockwise to open it, and clockwise to close it.
3. Adjust the float
After you flush, the refill tube begins to refill the tank with water. It uses a float that rises with the water. When the float hits a pre-determined level, the refill tube turns off. There should also be a refill line marked on the refill tube.
4. Repair or replace the flapper
The flapper’s job is to create a water-tight seal at the bottom of the tank. When you flush the toilet, the flapper lifts up to allow water to flow into the bowl, then closes again to allow the tank to refill. Over time, a few things can happen to the flapper that allows water to leak from the tank to the bowl – which can reduce flushing power.
If you’re still dealing with a weak flushing toilet after trying these tips, then your best bet is to bring in a professional plumber like Papabo to schedule a worry-free inspection to repair the annoying weak flushing toilet or schedule a replacement.