Hey folks. Need some advice before I have to call a plumber (or some
other drastic step). One of our toilets has started to back up, not
completely flushing the contents of the bowl (it hasn't overflowed,
yet). I plunged and plunged (using 2 different plungers!) and the
toilet still won't flush as it used to. At best, the water now just
swirls a bit, gets lower in the bowl (often leaving some remains of
the last use) and then starts to re-fill. Is a snake the next step?
Anyone got one I can borrow on the north side of Atlanta? ;-)
Thanks for any input...
On Mar 19, 9:57 am, email@example.com wrote:
Yes, 3 small ones, the oldest one (about to turn 4) goes through GOBS
of toilet paper. This particular toilet is on the main floor and is
the one the kids have the most access to. It's hard to say what might
be in there.
Someone in another reply to this question said to pull the toilet. Is
that something a non-plumber should attempt?
Someone else in yet another reply asked if it is sewer or septic.
It's hooked to a sewer system.
Thanks for the replies, everyone!
I would first try reaching in there with your hand and see if you can
find something that doesn't belong there. You might be able to avoid
pulling the toilet.
Pulling a toilet is not that big of a deal. After you've done it once,
you'll be an expert. Biggest pitfall is avoiding hurting your back, as
in some situations you end up lifting at a bad angle.
Pull the toilet. I have a rental apartment and last week the tenant told
me they had been plunging it for hours and had the result you described
and wasn't there some powerful way to clear the clog. I told him there
was a 99% chance someone dropped something into the toilet and any more
pushing will drive it into the sewer. They didn't believe me. When I
pulled the toilet there was a large plastic cap inside the trap that
couldn't quite make it (thankfully) into the sewer line.
You should first try using a closet auger before going on to a snake
and/or pulling the toilet.
They are cheap enough so you can own your own and it's less likely to
leave ugly scratches at the bottom of the bowl than an unguarded metal
snake cable run through the toilet.
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