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The causes of a low toilet water level and how it can be adjusted

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The average person flushes their toilet 5 times a day. With a larger family or frequent guests, that number can increase significantly. One toilet flush uses approximately 3.5 gallons of water with every flush. The most-efficient low-flush toilets bring that number down to 1.5 gallons per flush. Still, that’s a lot of water moving through your pipes daily!

However, there’s a trade-off to saving water: you may find that your toilet water level seems a little low. This isn’t a major cause for alarm, but it is something you should know about and know how to take care of. Even the best DIY handyman should leave plumbing issues to the professionals. Before you pick up a wrench or plunger, pick up the phone and call the team at Reimer!


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What is the toilet water level?

Many toilets allow for the water level to be adjusted. This all takes place in the tank of your toilet. Raising or lowering the toilet’s float height will change the water level in your toilet. If your toilet water level is too low, you could face issues with flushing.

However, some homeowners prefer a lower water level because it conserves water and saves them money.

To figure out the best water level for your home and how to adjust it, call Reimer or visit our website for more information.

Our experienced plumbers can come out and inspect your toilet, make repairs, raise or lower its water level, and give you tips and tricks for conserving water, avoiding leaks or clogs, and more!

Why your toilet water is low

The most common reason your water level is low is because your fill tube is damaged or broken in some way. This small, flexible plastic hose is the main control of your water level. When it’s damaged, the water shuts off before the tank is properly filled. Additionally, something could be off with the toilet’s float arms or float height.

In a worst-case scenario, the problem may lie within your sewer line or with the toilet bowl itself. Your sewer line vent could be clogged, which requires a professional inspection. Or, the toilet bowl may be cracked, causing water to leak onto the bathroom floor. There are multiple reasons your toilet water level could be low, and before you play detective and try to solve the case yourself, call the reliable plumbers at Reimer to handle the job safely and efficiently.

Other plumbing issues you may encounter

Aside from low water level in your toilet, you may run into these other common plumbing issues. Here are just a couple common complaints and how you can find the solution:

My toilet is constantly running

Are you hearing a running toilet, day and night? You’ll be able to hear the water moving in the tank, and it will sound like the toilet bowl is never fully full or finished flushing. There are many reasons why your toilet won’t stop running, including a crack or damage to the toilet flapper (here’s a video showing what this looks like), a fill valve issue, a water level that’s too high, or a faulty fill tube.

With so many possibilities, have a professional plumber out to quickly inspect the toilet and find a solution.

My toilet isn’t flushing

Another common bathroom issue is a toilet that just won’t flush. You may have a simple clog that needs to be removed, but the problem could be bigger. Your toilet’s water level could be too low, the flapper could be bent or warped, or the lift chain has become disconnected.

Since there are a variety of causes of a toilet that no longer flushes, the best way to find an answer is to call someone who handles these issues on a daily basis. Don’t play hide-and-seek with your toilet issues—call in a professional!

Why regular plumbing maintenance matters

Your home’s pipes and plumbing are arguably the most important part of your home. Annual plumbing maintenance is always recommended, with more frequent checkups during extreme heat or cold weather. The last thing you want to encounter is frozen pipes or a bathroom flood in the middle of the night. The more often you check-in on your plumbing systems, the smoother these systems will run.


Experiencing other bathroom plumbing problems?

Bathroom plumbing issues are more common than you might think. Click the button below to read more about the most common issues toilets, showers, and sinks encounter.


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