I had a lazy, slow flush in my rental house. I had never had a problem
in 9 years of living there. I paid R**
*Rooter $435 to fix it which
they did not. I created such a stink that they sent the regional
manager out and put a camera down the pipe. Of course the problem was
the plumbing they said. It would need a new sewer pipe installed. Not
a trivial task with the house sitting on a slab. Wait a minute I said.
You are full of the same stuff clogging my pipes. So I looked
elsewhere. I found the notorious green goo. The cleaning company that
cleaned the house prior to the last tenant moving out put those green
tidy bowl tablets in the toilet tanks. One look in the bottom of the
tank told me what I needed to know. Being a scientist by training I
knew that for a toilet to flush properly, the water had to move fast
enough to generate the siphon effect to pull the water and waste up
over the trap to clear the bowl. The thick viscous goo was making the
water too viscous to do that. A garden hose and about 5 flushes solved
the problem. I first hosed out the tank then filled and flushed the
bowl and the problem went down the drain.
I wrote to R**
*ter Rooter and told them they were a bunch of theives.
They have to know from exprerience of this problem especially in old
houses, and it has to be a bigger problem for low volume toilets. If
my experience is any example they are making millions at the expense of
consumers by omission. They know, they just don't tell. Instead, they
charge $100s or even thousands for unnecessary repairs.
Beware anything you do to upset older plumbing. As they say, if it
ain't broke, don't fix it. As far as I know, appliances were designed
to function with plain clear water, not with the additon of a thick
green slimey goo.