The siphon in your toilet is responsible for draining the water from your tank and flushing it into the bowl when you flush. The small tube that attaches to the bottom of the siphon and “siphons” or lifts up on the water inside is called a jet. If this part becomes clogged, water will not drain properly and your toilet won’t flush properly.
You should clean out the jet once every six months to a year to ensure proper function of your toilet. In this article, we will talk about signs of toilet siphon jet and a detailed guide on How To Clean Toilet Siphon Jet?
How a Toilet Works?
The toilet works using a special mechanism that harnesses the power of water pressure to create a rush of water that clears your bowl with every flush. This mechanism is called the “siphon,” which is named for its resemblance to a type of snake with a long body and short head.
Causes of Clogged Toilet Siphon Jet
So why does this happen? Well, there are two main reasons:
1. Your toilet just hasn’t been flushed in a long time, so there’s a lot of built up pressure in the tank. This pressure has nowhere else to go but into the bowl once you pull that lever.
2. The suction force created by this pressurized water going down displaces some of the water from the bowl into the air which causes a fountain-like effect when the toilet flushes.
Signs of Clogged Jets:
- Water draining slowly from the tank.
- The toilet takes longer than normal to flush.
- You have to flush multiple times to clear the bowl of water and waste.
- Water pools at the bottom of the bowl.
How To Clean Toilet Siphon Jet?
- First, shut off the water supply to your toilet and flush it to drain as much water from the tank as possible. Use a bucket or container to catch any excess water and set it aside for now.
- Unscrew the cap on top of the water tank and take out all contents inside. Some tanks will be able to lift straight up, but others may require that you disconnect a hose at the bottom first before you can take it out by lifting it up. Empty out any additional contents such as deodorizers, bleach tablets, etc., if your tank contains them.
- Rinse out the tank and set it aside for now.
- Unscrew the cap on top of your siphon jet to expose its contents inside. If you don’t want to get dirty, then slip a piece of duct tape over the end that is inserted into your toilet bowl, or hold a finger securely over it if you can reach from outside of the bowl.
- Pour some vinegar down through the opening where the water came from so that it flows down through the entire tube and out around where your finger is covering up part of it or on top of your taped off area if you used that instead.. This will help clean out any organic matter such as hair shampoo residue, soap scum, etc. that could have built up around the opening or inside of the siphon jet over time.
- Uncover the end of your siphon jet and let it pour out into a bucket or container below if you removed any excess water from inside of your tank earlier, otherwise skip this step. You can use a rag to wipe out any stubborn cleaning solution residue if necessary before letting all liquids drain out completely. If there is water left over in your toilet bowl after you flush it to test whether or not your siphon jet is still clogged, then try repeating steps 2 – 6 again with another vinegar cleanse just to double check that you got everything out.
- Once everything has been rinsed out, set all contents back into place in your toilet tank or put them all back inside of the water supply tank if you took them out.
- Turn your water supply back on to fill up your toilet tank so that it is full again before turning on the water valve to flush your toilet and ensure proper drainage while also checking for any leaks around where everything goes together.
- You can use a plunger at this point to try forcing air down into the siphon jet if there are still some bubbles left over, but if this doesn’t work then don’t bother trying again because it’s time to call a professional instead. Also, be sure that you’ve turned off the main water supply valve before doing anything else with your system after flushing it because you don’t want to get shocked from having water pressure buildup while your tank is filled with vinegar.
How to Take Care of Toilet Rim Jets
Toilet connection points need to be cleaned every six months, but the jets themselves should not require any cleaning beyond wiping out with a cloth or paper towel. There are two major types of rim jet cleaners on the market – one is made specifically for the toilet tank connection point and costs about $5-$6, while another canister with an adjustable shaft will cost you between $25-$40. We recommend doing a little research to find the best gunk remover for you.