I have a 2-year old American Standard toilet, which had been working
fine until recently. What's happening lately is that you need to flush
twice, as the first time around there does not seem to be enough force
for the toilet to do it's thing. Luckily, it does not overflow, so at
this point it is more of a nuisance. I would like to fix the problem,
but don't know where to start or what needs to be replaced. By the way,
my waste lines are mostly PVC (about 2 years old), and they are
connected to the sewer line.
thanks in advance.
If the flapper is not blocking the escape of water from the tank and you did
not flush anything that shouldn't be flushed.you just need to do a really
good cleaning. It is likely that the hole in the bottom of the bowl, the one
where water comes out from the tank, is gummed up as well as the holes under
the rim. Try a coat hanger or small wire to unclog the holes under the rim
and in the bottom of the bowl. if you have hard water that could be the
cause. CLR will be a good choice for a cleaner. Also I have heard of those
blue tablets and stuff leading to this as well.
Others may recommend that you take off the toilet to check for obstructions.
That's drastic at first. Others may suggest to check the venting. Could be,
yet could be hard to track down. Check for clogged up porcelain first. Its
an easy place to start and is a common problem, especially in hard water
Let me know if that works or if you still have issues.
Have you chgecked the water level inside the tank? Is
it where it belongs?
How about in the toilet? Level "normal" there (where
it used to be)?
Has the sound of the flush changed? Does it flush but
just not enough, or does it flush slowly, taking longer
than it used to?
Have you watched the inside flushing mechanism work?
Anything you can tell unusual t here? The flapper goes
all the way up? The pull chain or lever that pulls it
up is free and moves easy, etc etc etc.
IFF you can remember, the "changes" may be just as
telling as exactly what it's doing now.
There are so many possibilities it's hard to say
without a few more details.
Since this toilet's only two years old, I doubt the bit
about reeming out all the holes etc. is necessary, but
it's possibvle if you have real hard well water I
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