Why flushing power matters

flush-toiletEven if you are not a plumber, you have probably noticed that not all toilets flush the same.

You may have found yourself in situations where the toilet didn’t quite flush all the way and you’re left wondering what happened and what to do next. This is just one of several reasons why the flushing power of your toilet matters.

Incomplete flush

Those times when your toilet flushes but there is still waste left in the bowl are known as incomplete flushes. Weak flushing power is often the culprit of this inconvenient problem.

Mineral and debris can build up in the rim feed and jet holes of a toilet bowl that has been in use for a while. This buildup can restrict water from flowing into the toilet bowl which will cause a weak flush. It is important to thoroughly clean the rim and jet holes on your toilet to see if that could be causing weak flushing power.


The most notorious result of low flushing power is frequent toilet clogs. We are probably all familiar with the unwelcome clog that renders your toilet unusable.

Toilet pipes can also end up only partially clogged. Water will still flow through the pipes, but it requires more water pressure. This takes water pressure away from the strength of the flush, resulting in a low powered flush.

A toilet with a high powered flush can handle more waste and resist clogging. If you frequently have to deal with a clogged toilet, you might need to increase your toilet’s flushing power.


A toilet with strong flushing power can also mean a more energy efficient toilet. If you frequently have to flush your toilet two or three times in order to completely remove waste, you are using double or triple the amount of water that should be necessary.

A toilet with strong flushing power will only require one flush and will create far fewer clogs, thereby conserving gallons of water.

If you notice that your toilet has weak flushing power, can’t clear the bowl with a single flush, or frequently gets clogged, it may be time to evaluate your toilet’s flushing power or look into upgrading your current toilet. Doing so could save you time, money and energy in the long run.

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