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Video:How to Fix a Slow Toilet

with Debbie Anderson

Is your toilet losing its flushing power? Mineral deposits could be to blame. Watch how to remove mineral deposits and improve your toilet's flow.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Fix a Slow Toilet

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home. Over time, the flow of your toilet can slow down, and this can ultimately reduce the flushing power of your toilet.

Today I'm going to show you a quick and easy method for improving the flow of your toilet.

Supplies Needed to Fix a Slow Toilet

For this task, you will need:
  • a pair of vinyl gloves
  • a small mirror
  • a piece of thick wire, such as from a wire hanger, or a piece of pipe cleaner, which can be purchased at most arts and crafts supply stores

Locate the Small Holes in the Toilet Bowl

Start by flushing the toilet to ensure that the inside of the toilet bowl is clean.

After putting on your vinyl gloves, hold a small mirror inside the toilet bowl and locate the small holes on the underside of the toilet bowl rim in the face of the mirror.

Remove Mineral Deposits From the Holes

These holes can often times become clogged with mineral deposits from the water. So to increase the flow of water, we need to remove the mineral deposits from these little holes.

Using a thick piece of wire or a pipe cleaner, run the end of the pipe cleaner up into the hole to clear out any obstructions to the flow of water.

Repeat this process for each of the holes on the underside of the toilet bowl rim.

Flush Away the Loose Mineral Deposits

Flush the toilet to wash away any loose mineral deposits in the toilet bowl. And there you have it--a quick and flowing flusher.

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