How to Fix Flushing Problems


Water-saving toilets tend to experience flushing problems. The following simple service should improve performance. If it doesn't work, the vent pipe may be obstructed (see <a href="; target="_top">How to Clear a Clogged Plumbing Vent</a>).

Things You'll Need

  • Closet Auger
  • Small Mirror And Copper Wire
  • Screwdriver
  • Fully open the water supply's shutoff valve to assure that there is adequate water pressure and volume.

  • Clear any obstruction in the toilet trapway. Push a closet auger into the bowl opening until you feel an obstruction. Turn clockwise to screw the auger into the obstruction and draw it out.

  • Use a mirror to inspect the holes on the rim's underside during a flush. Clear any clogged holes with a piece of copper wire.

  • Adjust the water level until it's at the water line marked on the tank or overflow tube. Flush to test. To adjust water levels on plunger- or diaphragm-type fill valves with a float ball, either turn the adjustment screws on those models that have them or use both hands to bend the arm--down to lower the water level, up to raise it. For floatless models, turn the adjustment screw about a half turn at a time. For float-cup fill valves, pinch the spring clip to raise or lower the float.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • At the proper height, the water level should be no more than 1/2 inch (12 mm) below the top of the overflow tube. If the tube's too long, cut it with a hacksaw. Some tubes unscrew. If yours doesn't, remove the flush valve to make the cut.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • Toilet Flushing Troubleshooting

    Although a standard toilet features a fairly basic design, periodic toilet problems are inevitable. Fortunately, a flushing problem substantially narrows down the...

  • Toilet Problems With Flushing Pressure

    Poor flushing power in your toilet makes flushing all of the waste out of your toilet a difficult if not impossible task....

  • Problems With Low-Flush Toilets

    Low-flush toilets were mandated by the Department of Energy in 1992. While the regulation didn't force homeowners to remove older, higher-water volume...

  • Problems With Water-Saving Toilets

    As of 1992, federal law requires newly installed toilets to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. This is...

  • How to Fix Flushing Problems

    The most common toilet flushing problems are usually related to the chain hooked to the flapper valve. Fix toilet flushing problems with...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!