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Reasons Why Your Toilet Is Slow to Fill

Reasons Why Your Toilet Is Slow to Fill
October 06/2020

Reasons Why Your Toilet Is Slow to Fill

From water leaks to sewage backups, there are many problems that your toilet can give you. Among these problems, and issues, is a toilet that is slow to fill back up after a flush. Though this issue is nothing to panic or stress over, Mr. Rooter Plumbing would like to give you some tips on this common occurrence. Again, this issue is not especially serious or expensive to resolve. Let’s get started on some reasons why your toilet is slow to fill and how you can have your toilet running optimally again. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with a certified plumber, then don’t hesitate to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We are available 24/7/365 for our community in Central New Jersey.

Three Possible Reasons

A toilet tank should refill in no more than a minute. If your toilet is taking longer than a minute to completely refill, then there are three possible causes:

  • Water Supply Valve: This knob often located on the wall behind your toilet controls the water flow into your toilet tank. If it is partially closed or if it has been clogged with a build-up of debris, then you can expect slow refills.
  • Waterlogged Float Ball: In older model toilets, there is a float ball that sits on top of the water in the toilet tank. This float ball controls the amount of water allowed into the tank. A waterlogged float ball will not allow the tank to fill efficiently.
  • Fill Valve Tube: The water from the water supply valve into the toilet tank is guided by the fill valve tube. Over time, this tube can wear down, misalign, clog, or otherwise malfunction. 

Troubleshooting These Causes

The troubleshooting for these causes is luckily fairly simple. The water supply valve’s knob can be turned to adjust the water flow. If turning it to the completely open position does not resolve the issue, then contact a local plumber to check the water supply valve for blockages.
Check the water level in the tank. If the float ball is not floating near the top of the tank, then you might have a waterlogged float ball. A waterlogged float ball can be easily replaced, fortunately. Still, we recommend you upgrade to more modern components as a float ball is outdated.
Finally, inspect the condition of the fill valve tube. If you notice wear and tear or misalignment. Apply the respective resolution; replace a worn-out tube or realign a misaligned tube.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If you would prefer to have a certified plumber take care of any type of toilet repair or installation, then contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing anytime. Our live representatives are ready to schedule your flexible appointment. We are also proud to offer our top-tier plumbing services at every hour of the day. Our 24-hour emergency services are available for your convenience. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing now to speak with a live representative and request an urgent dispatch.