Do you feel like the water in your toilet takes too long to fill up after you flush? This is a problem that many homeowners face. There are a few different things that could lead to this problem. Even though none of these problems are particularly serious or expensive to fix, figuring out which one it is will help you use the right fix to get the toilet running well again as soon as possible.
Read on to find out three common reasons why a toilet fills slowly, how to figure out what's wrong, and what you can do to fix it.
Why Does the Toilet Take So Long to Fill?
Depending on the water pressure in your home, a toilet tank will usually fill in about a minute. If you notice that it's taking a lot longer, there may be something wrong that needs to be fixed.
Here are three reasons why your toilet might take a long time to fill with water:
1. Problem With the Water Valve
The knob that sticks out of the wall just below your toilet tank is the water supply valve. It controls how much water flows into your toilet tank. If it's only partly closed or not working right, it might not let the right amount of water out at the right speed. Another thing that could go wrong with the valve is a buildup of debris, which can slow the rate at which the valve fills.
Check the valve to make sure it's fully open as a troubleshooting tip. If you open the valve all the way and still don't get enough water to fill the tank, call a licensed plumber to check the valve for debris buildup.
2. Float Ball Sank
The amount of water going into the tank is controlled by a float ball that sits on top of the water. If the float ball is full of water, it won't let the tank fill up as quickly as it could. Because of this, it can stop the right amount of water from getting into the tank or cause the water to fill up more slowly than desired.
Tip: Take off the lid of the toilet tank and look at the water level. If the tank is only half full or the ball isn't floating near the top, the float ball may be full of water. The good news is that it's easy to change the float ball. Just pull the old one off the float arm and put the new one in its place.
A float ball is an old way of making a toilet work. If this mechanism stops working, you might want to replace it with newer parts.
3. Fill Valve Tube Issues
The fill valve is attached to a device inside the toilet tank that looks like a vertical tube. The fill valve controls how much water is in the tank. Fill valves can wear down, get clogged, or move out of place over time. Any of these problems can make the toilet not fill with water properly.
Tip: If you've ruled out the water supply valve or a float ball that's clogged with water, it's time to look more closely at the fill valve. Check the valve to see if there are any signs of wear and tear or if it is in the wrong place inside the tank. It should usually be attached to the left side of the tank, with a tailpiece going through the bottom of the tank to connect to the supply tube and shut-off valve.
How to Fix a Toilet That Fills Slowly
Now that you know what might be making your toilet tank fill slowly, here are some things you can do to fix the problem.
1. Open the valve that lets water in. The water supply valve might only be partially open sometimes. Make sure the valve is fully open by checking it.
2. Change the filling valve. To change the fill valve, do the following:
5. Fix a Valve Tube Problem. To fix a valve tube that is clogged, you must clean out the tube.
Install a new valve tube if the old one has holes, tears, or looks worn or damaged.
We Can Help You!
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