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Although you're not often aware of them, the water jet openings on the underside of the toilet bowl rim can become dirty and clogged with bacteria and mineral deposits. Colonies of bacteria forming here can become a health concern, and mineral deposits clogging the toilet jets can interfere with the flow of water.

The Role of the Rim Jets
The rim jets are the openings through which water from the toilet tank flows down into the bowl to start the flush cycle. If you've noticed how the water flows down in a circular direction into the bowl, this is because the water jets are angled in a way to create a circular direction of flow. This circular motion makes for a more effective flushing action.

Symptoms of Clogged Jets
When the rim jets on your toilet get clogged, usually with mineral deposits such as lime and calcium scale, you may notice that the toilet does not flush completely, or that it takes an unusually long time for the water in the tank to empty down into the bowl. Or, you may notice that the normal diagonal flow of water from the jets has become vertical.

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