Click to back to Main Tips List
Dulley's Money-Saving Tip #1145
Clean out the flush jet in a toilet
(related Dulley column topic links - 558)
Recently, the toilet in my office did not flush properly. The water in
the bowl just swirled around and did not flush well. I ran an toilet
auger through the bowl and it all seemed open. I call several plumbers
and they all said that they would come out and clean out the drain for
about $100. My last call was to an older retired plumber who said that
the flush jet was clogged. This is a very common in our area because
of hard water and I would not be surprised if the other plumbers knew
this too. This jet forces water into the drain to start the flushing
To fix this common problem, find the flush jet (a small hole about the
size of a finger) in the bottom of the bowl. Poke a stiff wire or ice
pick into the hole to clear out any hard water deposits. It takes
about 60 seconds to do. Several brands of toilets have the flush jet
hidden up inside the drain and it is difficult to get to. Empty the
bowl and dump some white vinegar into the overflow tube in the tank.
The vinegar will flow down into the bowl and jet area and hopefully
loosen hard water deposits.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Click to see the full signature.