There are several reasons why a toilet might drain slowly. Most of these issues can be solved on your own, but you should also never hesitate to contact a plumber if you don’t feel comfortable tackling it on your own.
In most cases, a toilet drains slowly because it is partially clogged. In some ways, this is more complicated and difficult to fix than if you had a completely clogged toilet. A toilet that won’t drain at all can usually fixed by a plunger or a snake, but a partial clog might call for a different solution. The culprit in most of these situations is residue that has built up on the sides of the pipes and is keeping the water from draining quickly from the toilet bowl. The best way to fix this problem is to pour hot water into the bowl to dislodge the residue that is preventing it from draining. Next, pour in some drain cleaner that is suitable to use with a toilet. Some drain cleaners will actually damage the porcelain, so be careful about what product you use.
Finally, add some dish soap or a cleaning product that can remove calcium from a pipe into the toilet’s overflow pipe. This is a vertical pipe found inside your toilet tank that transfers water from the tank into the bowl if the tank is in danger of overflowing. The soap or cleaner will seep down the pipe and loosen any calcium deposits that might be slowing down your toilet. After this, simply wait for about ten minutes before flushing your toilet again.
Other Reasons for a Slow Toilet
If you’ve had issues with hard water in your home, calcium deposits could form on the insides of your pipes. You might have this issue if you’ve noticed that your toilet drains slowly despite having no reason to actually be clogged. The above solution can sometimes fix this problem, but in extreme cases you may need to have your plumbing replaced. In any case, you can avoid this problem in the first place if you invest in a water softener.
Finally, your toilet might be slow simply because of what you’ve flushed down it. Many people like to think that they can flush anything down the toilet to get rid of it, but you’re almost always asking for trouble if you flush anything besides toilet paper and human waste. Unless a product specifically says that you can flush it, you’re better off throwing it in the trash instead.
Knowing When to Call a Plumber
Even though a slowly draining toilet isn’t much of a plumbing emergency, you should never hesitate to contact HIS Plumber if you’re aren’t comfortable making repairs by yourself or you think a problem is beyond your means to repair. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions and send an emergency plumber to your home if need be to fix any plumbing problems that you might have.