Dealing With Weak Toilet Flushes? Check Your Toilet Bowl Rim

There's nothing more infuriating than dealing with a toilet that doesn't flush properly. But before you start pumping away at a suspected clog with your plunger, consider other potential causes for your toilet's wimpy flushing strength. The following talks about how a dirty toilet bowl rim could be the real cause of your flushing woes.

How a Dirty Rim Affects Flush Strength

If you're not familiar with how your toilet works, here's a quick refresher. Pressing the flush handle on the toilet tank raises a flush valve, also known as the flapper, allowing water to flow out of the tank. The water comes out through a series of jets located around the upper rim.

These jets not only force water into the toilet bowl at higher pressures, but they're also positioned in a particular way to produce the characteristic swirling effect you see when you flush your toilet. The ultimate goal is to feed enough water into the bowl to trigger the actual flush.

As time goes on, mineral deposits, bacteria, and other matter can form layers of crud around the inner rim. Some of that crud can even end up inside the jets. As your jets slowly become clogged with this debris, you'll also notice your toilet's flush strength become weaker. Eventually, you'll end up with a toilet that exhibits the classic signs of a clog -- except the clog is nowhere near the S-trap, where clogs commonly form.

How to Restore Proper Water Flow

Getting rid of the stuff that's cutting off your toilet's water flow isn't the most pleasant thing to think about. Nevertheless, prepare to thoroughly scrub it if you want to restore your toilet flushes to full strength, especially if it's been a while since you cleaned your toilet.

When it comes to cleaning your toilet, you have your choice of chemicals or natural remedies. If you're looking for a more natural approach, apply a diluted bleach or vinegar solution to the inner rim and scrub away with steel wool or a toothbrush. You can also clear the jets by running a wire through each individual jet.

For tough, stubborn calcium deposits and other matter that refuses to budge, you should break out the heavy tools. Squeeze or spray some heavy-duty toilet cleaner around the inner rim and let it sit. Most bottles feature a unique shape for easier application. Apply the cleaner according to the instructions on the bottle.

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