Why is My Toilet Draining Slowly?

There can be several reasons as to why your toilet seems to be draining slower than normal. This week we are addressing the commonly asked question, “Why is my toilet draining slowly?”

Not Enough Water Flow

Today’s toilets are designed to be more environmentally friendly, using less water per flush. Low flow or low water consumption toilets use 1.6 gallons or even just one gallon of water per flush, which is great for limiting our water usage at home. However, with these newer toilets, we are seeing some issues with waste build-up in the pipes.

As the toilet is using less water, waste can get caught in the plumbing. Once it dries, it can create a blockage that causes your toilet to drain slow. This can become a bigger issue down the road and lead to pipe failure.

Calcium Build-Up

Calcium build-up is another possible reason that your toilet could be draining slowly but is not as common.

Flushing Things that Shouldn’t be Flushed

Your pipes also might be blocked by solids that weren’t meant to be flushed. Whether you have young kids who flushed a toy down the toilet or if you are flushing wipes, paper towels, etc. All of those things can cause a blockage that leads to a slow draining toilet.

The only thing that should be flush down your toilet is toilet paper!

Plumbing Services in Lorain, Ohio

If you are experiencing a slow draining toilet or any other plumbing issue, our team is here to help! It is always better to catch a problem while it is small, so contact us today with any questions to avoid bigger, more expensive repairs!

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