Is There a Reason My Toilet Is Flushing Slowly?
From faulty flush valves to obstructions in plumbing lines, there are several reasons why your toilet might not be flushing as fast as it used to.
And news flash: This is not a problem you should ignore – especially If you have a septic system.
We sincerely hope it’s just a minor, localized clog, but if your toilet is flushing more slowly than usual, take note.
A slow-flushing toilet could be a sign that a bigger problem lurks below.
When your toilet is slow to empty, it could mean your pipes are clogged with sludge making it difficult to remove wastewater as quickly as a clean septic system can.
Additionally, your septic tank itself may be approaching capacity and unable to hold any more waste. If that happens, you run the risk of having your tank overflow, which typically means:
- Slow drains and toilets
- Pooling water in your yard around your drain field
- Unpleasant odors in your home and yard
- Sewage backup inside your home
If you have one slow-flushing toilet in your home, but all the other drains are functioning properly, then it might just be a clog in that particular toilet.
However, if you’re noticing that most of the drains and toilets in your house are slow to empty, it could be an indication that your septic system is at or approaching its full capacity.
When was the last time you had your septic tank professionally serviced?
If the answer is, “I can’t remember,” your slow toilets and drains are an indication that it’s time for a long-overdue service. On average, a family of four or more should have their septic tank pumped every year. If there’s just two of you, every three years is a good rule to follow.
Why so often?
Routine septic system maintenance not only keeps your toilets functioning properly, it also helps prevent bigger, more costly problems from occurring down the line (pun intended!).
Think about it.
Fixing problems above ground in your septic system are much easier and less expensive than fixing the underground components.
Pay attention to your slowly flushing toilets to prevent bigger septic system problems. Routine septic system maintenance is not only the smarter route, but the more economical one as well.
Paradise Valley Septic provides full-service septic tank installation, maintenance, and repair services to families in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas.
Call or send us a message today to schedule a septic system inspection and service.