We have an upstairs toilet that seems to be getting slower and
slower. It's not blocked per se; you flush it, and the water in the
bowl seems to slowly drain and be replaced with the tank water. The
problem is that it never empties the bowl first.
We've tried enzymatic cleaner, draino foaming cleaner and plunging
but it continues to get worse... Any idea what to do?
Do you have hard water, it is possible the openings under the bowl rim
are clogged with calcium reducing water flow. Use a mirror to look at
the water jets. If clogged use a piece of wood to clean. If water flow
is good your traps may be clogged, trap at the lowest level. Just a
Yep, we have hard water... I looked at our particular toilet and the
jets on the rim seem to be facing sideways rather than down (presumably
to set up the swirl). I didn't seem any specific jet that was clogged
but I can try and clean them all out a bit with a coat hanger I guess.
This sounds like it could be a really dumb idea, so i'll try it out here
first - how about putting come CLR down the resevoir pipe to clean out
email@example.com (m Ransley) wrote:
I had the same problem and the solution was provided by this newsgroup.
Look in the bowl. on the bottom of the bowl on the front side (i.e. near where
the toilet water exits) there is a small hole that water comes out of when you
flush. The direction of the flow out of that small hole is in the direction
that the water will travel to exit the bowl. Take a wire hanger and bend it so
that it will fit into that small hole. If there is a blockage there, you will
not get a good flush. I cleaned ours out and it works fine. One other tip,
the blockage is very hard. I had to use the end of the hanger wire to bust up
the plug and then I bent the hanger into a small loop to scoop out the
Hope this helps.
Pour a bucket of water down the toilet if it drains fine it could be the
flapper is not opening fully, or clogged rim jets. If it is the drain
itself get it rodded. Or perhaps a clogged trap somewhere.
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