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Common Causes of a Toilet Not Flushing Properly

In June 2014, the website noted that America has a love affair with the bathroom, something it’s been carrying on for decades.

As of 2012, in fact, around one-third of all new homes have three or more full bathrooms, meaning they come complete with bathtubs or showers as well as toilets.

But what happens when a toilet doesn’t flush properly? And what causes a toilet to flush poorly or improperly in the first place?

The Aggravation of Slow Flushing Toilets

Slow flushing toilets are a common problem with most older models. In many cases, a toilet might suffer from slow flushing because the water supply in the toilet’s tank is too low.

Toilets are designed and engineered to work best with a certain amount of water in their tanks. Typically, a toilet tank has at least one water fill line inscribed in its interior, and the tank should be refilled up to that line.

Hard Water and Toilet Inlet Valves

The Salt Institute website says that nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water. High levels of calcium and magnesium commonly found in hard water can cause sediment to build up in a toilet’s water inlet valves over time.

Sediment-clogged toilet inlets will usually prevent a toilet from flushing properly. Regular cleaning of a toilet’s inlet valves, which are found under the toilet bowl’s rim as well as at the bottom of the bowl is a necessity.

Beware the Toilet Blockage

Many kinds of items that don’t belong in toilets can find their way into them, causing a partial or complete blockage. Completely blocked toilets may even spill their contents all over sparkling clean bathroom floors, horrifying the people using them.

Little Rock homeowners, themselves typically use a plunger on blocked toilets, even if just as a precautionary measure. Plumbers, however, commonly employ a toilet auger, or snake, to clear out an actual blockage.

A modern toilet in your Little Rock home, is an elegantly engineered marvel, and it may work flawlessly for years. But even the best-engineered toilet requires maintenance from time to time, especially as it ages.

A toilet tank’s inner mechanisms will wear out over time, for one. And while many toilet problems can be cleared up with a few simple fixes undertaken by homeowners, others can’t.

A toilet that’s not flushing at all may even be completely blocked and often requires the services of a plumber to return to full efficiency.

Your Little Rock, AZ home toilet issues can be a nuisance to the whole family. Call Arrow Plumbing at (501) 753-3838 today, and let’s get your toilet back to its flushing state!

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