How to Repair a Low-Flush Toilet

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A low flush toilet needs to be repaired if too little water enters the bowl. Discover how to fix a low flush toilet with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hello, my name is Joshua Clement, with Lighty contractors, and today we will be discussing how to repair a low flush toilet. The most common problem with a low flow toilet is the tank not releasing enough water into the bowl to get a good flush. For this, all you'll need is a simple pair pliers. What you're going to do is go ahead and remove the back lid to the tank. First thing you're going to want to do is check out the chain that connects the handle to the flapper. Make sure that you have about a half inch of slack in that. You can simply adjust it by taking the pliers, bending out the bottom ring of the flapper, adjusting it to the length, and reconnecting it. If that's not your problem, what you're going to want to look at is your fill valve to make sure that it's putting in enough water into the back of the tank. It's simple to adjust. To adjust the ball valve, locate the stem that extends to the ball valve from the fill valve. Go ahead and move it up. All you need to do is apply a little bit of pressure and it should slide right up. Go ahead and make sure your water level doesn't exceed the overflow valve. Go ahead and flush to make sure the proper amount of water is being circulated through the bowl. You might have to adjust it a couple times to get the proper water level in the back of the tank. After that, put the lid on and you're done. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty contractors, and that's how you repair a low flush toilet.

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