If your toilet doesn’t flush properly, you may be able to troubleshoot the issue on your own and avoid a costly service call. Here are three possible causes and solutions for a slow-flushing commode.

1. The water level in the tank is low
Toilets require a full tank of water to provide a strong flush. Therefore, the first thing you should do is remove the toilet tank lid and check the water level. If the water level is lower than usual, you’ve found the problem: your toilet tank isn’t filling.

Check all the pieces inside the tank for cracks or damage. Also, check the tank for leaks. You may be able to replace the damaged parts yourself with a trip to your local hardware store.

2. There’s a clog in the sewer pipes
To determine if your drain is clogged, pour about four litres of water into the toilet bowl. If the water level in the bowl rises quickly, your drain line is probably blocked.

If a plunger doesn’t unclog the drain, try pouring about 200 millilitres of dish detergent into the bowl. Allow the detergent to settle and lubricate the sides of the drain line for 30 minutes. Then, try flushing the toilet again.

Furthermore, you can try to unclog your toilet by inserting a straightened metal clothes hanger into the drain hole. You may be able to break up the clog or pull out the obstruction.

You can also try pouring about 230 millilitres of baking soda into the bowl, followed by a litre of hot water and 500 millilitres of vinegar. Let the solution sit for a couple of hours to dissolve the clog.

If all else fails, purchase a toilet snake to break up the debris.

3. There are calcium and mineral deposits
Calgary has hard water. Therefore, calcium and mineral deposits can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing. Deposits can form inside the jet holes that surround the toilet bowl rim. If the holes are clogged, water can’t flow through to flush your toilet. Try using a mineral removing agent and a screwdriver with a flat head to scrape off the deposits and clear the holes.

If none of the above methods don’t work, it may be time to call a plumber for an emergency repair.

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