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Toilet flushes so slowly that the water is barely moving and the handle has to be held down nearly the whole time.

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Hi, assuming that the capacity of the tank holds sufficient water to properly flush the toilet, it sounds like there is a partial obstruction in the soil pipe. Toilet flushing is toilet, nothing more than gravity pushing the water from the tank through the bowl and out the drain, carrying everything else in the bowl with it. If the pipe is clogged or partially clogged, it will result in a slow flow and will cause the problem you are describing. You make be able to use a plumber's snake to clear the obstruction yourself, but if it is too far down the pipe, you may need to enlist the aid of a plumber. I would invest in the snake first, before you spend the money on a plumber. A plumber's snake is readily available at any hardware store.

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