. . . No, not to pour down the toilet but to pour down the drain of one
of the sinks that connect to the same pipe that goes out through the
The sinks seem to drain OK, but the toilet typically takes two flushes
to clear semi-solid waste and makes "glug glug" noises that the other
toilets (connected to a different pipe) do not make.
I have used a snake on the toilet, but there is no sign of anything
We've only been in this house since mid-November, so the weather has
been rather cold the whole time (we're in Michigan). The toilet did
overflow once, and snaking it cleared that blockage, but the water has
always seemed to come up a long way when we flush (even before the
I wondered about a vent problem. Any way to check or remedy without
climbing up on the roof?
On 01/26/04 07:52 am Joseph Meehan put fingers to keyboard and launched
the following message into cyberspace:
Start with http://www.toiletology.com/index.shtml
It is your free training class on toiletology. After
going to classes, ask again if you still have the question.
And especially take notes during the portion on Blue Goo.
Since it is very similar to your e-mail name of Goon But
I don't think it's a low tank level: the water comes dangerously close
to the top of the toilet bowl already.
On 01/26/04 09:56 am SQLit put fingers to keyboard and launched the
following message into cyberspace:
Did you use a narrow drain snake (like for sink drains) or a closet auger?
The crank rigs designed for toilets use a much larger snake, and do a
different job. I've got a Ridgid #3 closet auger (about $25 at Home Depot)
and it does a better job on toilets than the thin snakes.
Christopher A. Young
Jesus: The Reason for the Season
This makes me think that there is an obstruction in the drain. After it
fills "dangerously close to the top" does it then fall to a normal level
over time? If so there is likely a blockage somewhere in the drain, not
Minnie Bannister wrote:
I have a toilet in my brand new home doing this after my girlfriend,
who sometimes doesn't think too much, flushed some paper towels down it.
It comes close to over-flowing then drains slowly back down to below
normal water level (in the bowl). I've tried plunging the hell out of it with
What is the problem? Does it require a plumber or is it something I can
Remove spam.this.bitch to email me.
Our daughter used a paper towel to clean up after a dog and it endded
up on plumbers snake when he visited. I'm seeing more snake
variations in stores than there used to be. I'd start there, closet
auger correct name?
On Wed, 28 Jan 2004 04:51:25 GMT, FL-
It's no wonder that the paper towels remained in tact. It's really
interesting to read some of the patents of the newer batch of "paper
towels." In the interest of honest labeling it would be a good idea
to advertise them as plastic towels.
I see people using them in microwave ovens for cooking. I wonder if
anyone has assessed the health impact of these plastics in food?
Most toilets are designed so that they have enough volume in the bowl to
accept the entire contents of the tank and just be filled to the brim.
Flush again before it drains down and you'll need waders though.
If the bowl fills on the first flush it is likely that the blockage is
close to the toilet, or possibly even in the trap of the toilet. If the
blockage were to be further down in the drain pipe the pipe as well as
the bowl would be filling and the water level on the first flush
wouldn't rise to the brim.
A snake should enable you to get to the blockage and remove or dislodge
it. These "plastic towels" don't soften and move out as easily as the
older paper towels.
<< The sinks seem to drain OK, but the toilet typically takes two flushes >>
I wouldn't bet against the toilet itself being most of the problem. Look over
the workings of low cost and then the better toilets at any plumbing supply or
box store. Note the smaller unglazed and more convoluted outlets on the cheapos
and see if your home unit has these characteristics. If so, the next move is
obvious...replace with a better product and your problem likely will be solved.
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