Toilet problem?

Our toilet that is about 19 years old has started swirling in the tank when flushed rather than going down as it should. It does not fill up or overflow however, so I'm guessing that the stream of water near the bottom of the bowl is not flowing properly. Is this the likely problem and if so is this something that I can fix? Thanks.
Joe
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If there are other toilets in the house that *also* exhibit the same problem, then you likely have a blockage in your sewer line -- or, if you're on a septic system, you may need to have your tank pumped.
If this is the only toilet in the house -- see above, except substitute "possibly" for "likely", and also see below.
If there are other toilets in the house, and this is the only one with this problem, then almost certainly there's something stuck in the trap of this toilet. Go to a hardware store or home center and get a "closet auger" (a.k.a. "toilet snake"). If that doesn't remove the blockage, you may need to remove the toilet so that you can get at the trap from the bottom.
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Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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Ok, thanks. I've tried using the snake to clean it out from the top of the toilet. The other toilet, tubs and sinks are all draining just fine so I think that it is probably something with this toilet. I guess the next step will be to pull it up and see if there is anything from the bottom side? Thanks.
Joe


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Since the other units work ... Check the holes under the rim of the bowl. Scale build up can reduce the force / amount of water flow. I use a coat hanger to clean them. TB
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Alright thanks.

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