Greetings, all. I have a problem here I can't figure out (obviously; else,
why the post?).
I've got a toilet here that "sort of" won't flush. Press the handle and it
goes through motions: the water swirls 'round and 'round, but doesn't really
empty out; some exchange of dirty for clean is occuring, but there's no
complete empty-out with then-obvious replacement from the tank. It takes
several flushes to get to fresh-bowl.
The mechanisms inside the tank are working they way they're supposed to, to
all appearances. The plumbing beyond the bowl is not backed up (the water in
the bowl appears clear and clean). The fill holes in the bowl don't appear
to be clogged.
For whatever reason, there's not enough "oomph" to cause the bowl to drain
completely when flushed.
Anyone got any ideas?
The toilet sits on a wax ring or some type of ring in order to seal
the toilet to the plumbing. If there is an air leak at this joint the
thing just won't flush. The tolit needs to be unbolted and removed to
On Sat, 08 Oct 2005 17:53:15 GMT, "Shane Glaseman"
Its the wax ring letting in air and breaking the siphon action of the
flush. I have to change my wax seal every three years or so. My
toilet is right over the utility room where warm air from the furnace
and the clothes dryer wafts up to make the wax seal soft and therefore
Had the same problem recently. Everything "looked" as if it was working
correctly. The flush, the swirl, but as you say... no ooomph. Several
flushes to get refuse to go away.
I got a new flapper, that's the rubber thing that lets the water from the
tank into the bowl. The flapper that was there was garbage, and wouldn't
stay up long enough for enough water to pass through, fast enough for a
To verify that the flapper is the problem or the lack of volume...fill a
bucket of water and pour into the toilet bowl, if that produces a decent
"flush" then I would guess it's the flapper.
I wish I could remember the name of the flapper, it was red. Easy to
install. And definitely fixed the problem 100%.
I suspect the flush handle is not lifting the flapper high enough.
It's usually a very simple adjustment of the chain on the metal strip
that's on the inside half of the handle.
There are variations but most toilets work this way.
How old is your toilet. I have the same problem on a house that is 55 years
old. I thought it was the inside of the toilet clogged with deposits. Now
after reading this thread, I think it may be the wax ring. Will check it out
and let you know.
I'd say it's on the order of 10-15 years old. The previous suggestions
referencing the flapper valve and the handle-chain assembly are not right in
this case; the handle-chain pulls the valve up sufficiently to empty the
tank before it flops back; the flapper valve makes a good seal, and I've
held it in the up position to force the tank to empty fully. That's not it.
Since the bowl empties through force of gravity once the lever is pushed, I
have to now believe that there's something down past the trap that's
allowing the water to empty, but not quickly enough. Since I have two
toddlers running around, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that
someone has flushed a rubby ducky, or something.
Great. Now I have to take the whole dang thing out.
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