Does it take too long for the water in your toilet to fill up after you flush? This is a common problem for families. This problem could have been caused by more than one thing. Even though none of these problems are very serious or expensive to fix, knowing what the problem is may help you choose the right solution so that your toilet works as well as it can again.
Why Is Your Toilet Taking A Long Time To Fill?
If your toilet fills slowly, it could be because of one of four things: a clogged vent, a clogged drain, faulty plumbing, or a blocked pipe.
- A vent that is blocked. If your vent is blocked, air won’t be able to leave the tank, and it will take longer for the water to fill up. To see if your vent is clogged, take the roof cover off and look. If leaves or other things are blocking it, clear it out and see if that fixes the problem.
- A plugged drain. For your toilet to work right, the drain in the bottom of the tank needs to be clear, so you might try plunging it with a little vinegar and baking soda.
- Faulty plumbing. If there is nothing wrong with your vent or drain, you might want to check your plumbing for any leaks. If you have a leaky pipe, your toilet will take longer to fill than it should.
- Pipe is clogged. Your toilet will also fill slowly if something is blocking the water from going into the tank. This is usually a piece of paper or a toy.
How can I fix a toilet that fills slowly?
Once you figure out why your toilet is taking a long time to fill, the problem is usually easy to fix. If a vent, drain, or pipe is clogged, you can clean it yourself. If the problem is with the plumbing, you may need to call a professional to look at it. These are the four things you can try to get your toilet working again:
1. Clean the clogged vent
If the vent is clogged, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull out whatever is inside. Use vinegar and baking soda to clean out your drain. Pour six cups of vinegar and one cup of baking soda into the tank. Plunge it for about ten minutes, then flush the toilet.
2. Clear the drain that's clogged
Use a small amount of vinegar and baking soda to clean the drain. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then pour a half cup of baking soda and six cups of boiling water down the drain. If that doesn’t work, you can use a snake to get rid of the blockage.
3. Repair any plumbing leaks
If your plumbing is leaking, you’ll need a professional to fix it.
4. Clear the pipe of any blockages
If something is stopping water from getting into your tank, you can clear it out with a plunger. Pouring boiling water down the drain can help break up any clogs.
If your toilet fills slowly, hopefully, one of these solutions will work. If you need help, be sure to talk to a professional.
If none of these solutions work, it might be time to call a plumber. A slow-filling toilet can waste a lot of water, and you should always be able to count on your toilet to flush well.