SOLVED: ‘Why Doesn’t My Toilet Flush Properly?’

Closeup of a man flushing a toilet after using the bathroom
If your toilet doesn’t flush properly, check for a blockage. (DepositPhotos)

Dave from New Hampshire says, “We have a fairly new toilet, about eight years old, and sometimes it does not flush properly, other times it is OK. Wondering why…”

The solution may be simple: The level of the water may need to be brought up in the tank.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, you may have a partial blockage in the trap below the toilet. The vent stack could be partially blocked as well. In addition, the jet hole could be partially clogged.

You don’t need to pull the toilet up to check the trap; just buy a toilet auger and run that down into the drainpipe.

Most toilet augers range from 3 feet to 6 feet long. While a blockage 6 feet down is rare, your best bet is to buy the longest auger so you’ll have one to cover every possibility!

Listen to the embedded audio clip above for the answer!
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