The same symptoms came with a house we bought a few years ago. Turned out
that the house had a septic tank (in the middle of a residential community
with sewers). We pumped out the septic tank; but improvement was only
brief. Finally I found a sewer contractor who understood sewer lines. He
found that the pitch of the line from the house to the septic tank was less
than it should be (line was too level) and that caused slow flow and
It's relatively easy, of course, to snake the lines and the vent pipe; so
check those out thoroughly. I don't see how a new toilet will make anything
better, however, if the problem is in the pipes somewhere.
DID THE OP PUT ACID DOWN THE DIP TUBE? Its the pipe standing up in the
tank with a small water line running to it.....
pouring acid just in the tank will accomplish nothing the bowl rim
interior passages are what clogs.
if you flush every time with a bucket does the trouble disappear?
if so the interior passages are clogged.
while you had the toilet removed did you try dumping buckets of water
down the open drain line?
thats a important test to know if the problem is down stream
I had a toilet a few years ago that had similar problems.
In the end it turned out that my teen age daughter dropped a stick
of deodorant into the toilet. Instead of doing the awful thing of
reaching into the toilet bowl she decided to just flush the problem
away. The stick made the turn around the first part of the S curve but
couldn't go any further. It was stuck in the middle of the S curve. It
was not visible and a toilet auger would just bypass it. I tied a
three prong fish hook to a sturdy string and flushed it. It would
catch something but couldn't pull it out.
I finally took the toilet outside and maneuvered a 1/4 inch rope
through the S curve and tied the rope to an old fashioned mop head. I
attempted to pull the mop head backwards through the S curve and
with it the obstruction but this didn't work either.
I still had no idea what the obstruction was. My daughter never
admitted to having any knowledge of the missing stick of deodorant.
After a few months of putting up with a toilet that would clog easily
I took matters into my own hand. HAMMER! DEODORANT! ANGRY!
After I calmed down I went to Home Depot to get a new toilet. It
was only then that I discovered that the size (3.5 gallon) and the
color (Harvest Gold) was not available. I settled for a 1.6 gallon
A few years went by with my mis-matched toilet and then my neighbor
had a garage sale. In the sale he had his old 3.5 gallon Harvest Gold
toilet left over from his updated bathroom with a "free" sign on it.
Bingo. I'm back to being matched again with my 70's style bathroom.
P.S. I do not have a avocado refrigerator
Damn -- should have done that when I had it off the wax ring
Interesting - I actually have a (non-medical) 24 inch fiber optic
scope... Only problem is I would have to stick my face pretty close
into the bowl to reach plus I'm not sure it is water proof and even if
it is, I'm not sure I want to be sticking it down the toilet...
i had a rental with the same system and problem. a little kid
flushed a pencil.she walked in and told me. water would go down fine but
not solds the closet auger didnt get it. so i had the little girl reach
in and she got the pencil out. i agree you should pour water down the
pipe with the toilet off to make sure problem isnt there.. ive fixed
many slow flush toilets by opening up the little holes under the rim
with a nail..lucas
I once had the same type of problem. Liquids would flush fine, but
toilet paper would cause the toilet to slow-drain. When I removed the
bowl I was expecting to see an obstruction, but didn't see anything. I
put my hand up into the bottom of the bowl from where it meets with
the wax ring. At first I couldn't find any obstruction. Then I found
A piece of dental floss! Someone had flushed it and it got caught in
there. It would snag toilet paper and slow the flush, but liquids-only
had no problem.
Feel around up there for anything that could cause a snag. Reach up as
far as you can but be careful not to get you hand stuck.
As has been discussed here many times, new commodes are inferior and prone
to clogging. FWIE, usually, the date of manufacture is stamped inside the
tank. I'm not sure when "low-flush" toilets were mandated but one
indication of which you may have is the size of the "water spot". That is,
the amount of surface presented by the water in the bowl, when at rest.
Newer, problematic toilets have a water spot approx. 4" in diameter. Older
ones can be 7" - 8".
Another possibility is that the obstruction is downstream a bit. Can we try
a few buckets of water in succession?
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