While there are several potential issues that could cause a toilet to not flush completely, one of the most common is low water level. The float could be set too low, or the flapper valve could allow the water from the tank to leak to the bowl. Plugged bowel inlets also reduce flush efficiency, according to Bullseye Plumbing.Continue Reading
The float valve controls the amount of water that flows through the toilet with each flush. Most toilets have a mark inside the tank that designates the minimum level for proper flushing. Adjusting the flow below this mark reduces the head of the water so the trap does not make a full siphon to empty the bowl. If concerned about the amount of water used with each flush, consider adding a brick to the bottom of the tank to reduce the volume while maintaining the height of the column of water.
The flapper valve allows water into the bowl from the tank. It closes to allow water to fill the tank. A worn flapper valve does not seal correctly and allows water to leak below the designated level before the float causes the toilet to refill. Replacing the valve solves the issue.
Evaporation causes the buildup of scale inside the toilet bowl and the tank. This scale sometimes blocks the inlets that allow water from the tank into the bowl for the flush. Clean the scale from the inlets so the toilet flushes correctly.Learn more about Plumbing
A simple way to unclog a toilet is to use a plunger, but in the event that there isn't a plunger available, it is possible to unclog a toilet with household items.Full Answer >
To install toilet shims, use a carpenter's level to ensure that the toilet bowl is level, then push the shims in place to keep the toilet from rocking, preventing water and sewer gas from leaking underneath. Use a utility knife to cut away any excess parts of the shims, then caulk to seal them in place. Plastic shims are preferred, but if you can't find toilet shims specifically of that material, you can use any plastic construction shims.Full Answer >
Steps to take to ensure that a toilet flushes properly include unclogging it with a plunger or auger, making sure that the water level in the tank is appropriate, and fixing any problems with the rubber flapper and lift chain. The precise solution depends on the immediate problem, so troubleshooting to discover this is required.Full Answer >
Snake a toilet with a toilet auger by pulling the auger handle all the way up, so the cable is inside the plastic housing, and then pushing the plastic housing into the toilet bowl. Turn the handle to push the cable into the drain. Remove the cable, and flush.Full Answer >