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Plumbing  /  June 16, 2022

Common Causes of a Slow-Filling Toilet

A slow-filling toilet can be frustrating, especially when many people are relying on it in your home. There are many common causes behind this problem, and knowing them can help you address the issue effectively. 

Issue With the Water Supply Valve

Your toilet needs a constant supply of water to be able to properly flush, and a water supply valve is responsible for controlling the intake of water into your toilet tank. The water supply valve is the knob you can find around your toilet, and it can be manually opened and closed. A fully open water supply valve will deliver the water into your tank at a normal rate. But if it’s partially closed, water intake won’t be as fast as it should be and can cause a slower fill-up of the toilet tank. If it’s completely closed, water won’t go into the tank at all. If the valve is fully open and the tank is still not filling up as it should, it is best to call a plumber as there may be debris buildup inside the valve.

Waterlogged Float Ball

In a toilet tank, there’s a float ball that is responsible for controlling the amount of water intake. Once the right amount of water is inside, the ball floats and shuts off the intake. If the float ball is waterlogged, then the water fill-up process will take longer. Sometimes, it might not even stop because the ball doesn’t float at the right height. To check if you have a waterlogged float ball, remove the lid of your toilet tank. Then, check the water level in the toilet tank and make sure the ball is floating to the right height. If the water level or the ball isn’t at the appropriate height, you can replace the waterlogged float ball by pulling the old one off the float arm.

Fill Valve Tubing Problems

The fill valve controls the water level in your toilet tank, though they are susceptible to being worn down through constant operation and exposure to water. Moreover, they can also get clogged or shifted out of alignment over time, which can also be the cause of your slow-filling toilet. Examine the valve for signs of wear and tear, as well as its positioning within the tank. It’s usually placed on the left side of the tank, with a tailpiece that extends through the bottom and connects to the supply tube and shut-off valve.

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