My wife's toilet is a bit sluggish requiring the occasional use of a
plunger. It is an American Standard, 20 years old. Could someone point
me to a "how to" article on this subject or offer suggestions. I am
hoping that a Drano like product can be used.
Thanks in advance.
This came from hallerb a regular in the group. It works wonderfully, cheap
and easy. I think you will be amazed with the results, I was.
"muriatic acid placed carefully will clean out the interior passages of
the toilet 20 minutes and 10 bucks if you need saftety glasses.
safe effective fast and cheap. works amazingly well as another poster
reported here, I am the one who told him about it:)
when you flush the toilet actually creates a wave that moves the waste
solids into the large bottom drain & trap.
but you must have enough flow to start the wave, over time sediment
builds up in the interior water passages bowl rim ald slows the flow of
fresh water. at some point stuff just swirls around....
watch under the bowl rim, often gunk built up clogging the exit holes.
you can use a coathanger end to open the holes some but the sediment
still fills the bowl rim and cant be reached.
put on safety glasses, plunge drain bowl water, sponge is good idea
so bowl is completely empty tank water can remain as is.
put funnel in dip tube top pour a cup or two of muratic acid in funnel. and
some in bowl no splashing, and have window open and take deep breath
first, then leave room shut door wait at least 15 minutes.
then return and flush about 15 times to dilute all remaing acid. you
will see brown goo, thats the melted sediment.
this really works, and can be repeated if need be."
No, it does not etch the porcelain, and it's not a safety issue either. I
have done it twice in the past three years, and the only thing that happens
is that your toilet flushes like it's supposed to, and you have a sparkling
Does it every flush properly? Mine was always sluggish; I pulled it and
found a pill vial stuck in the trap.
I wouldn't pour hydochloric acid in my toilet without something more
authoritative than a post here. I can't picture sediment building up, and I
don't know what HCl will do to your plumbing.
You're applying the acid to a porcelain item, where it certainly won't
do any harm in 15 minutes, and then you're flushing it in very dilute
form down the lines. If you're particularly paranoid, after the
treatment flush once normally and immediately follow with a 5gal bucket
full of baking soda solution to neutralize. Wait a few min and then do
the rest of the flushing to clear everything well down the line.
Would you quote to me from the original poster's question? What did he write
that implies snake or plunger are zero applicability? He did say he uses the
plunger occasionally. Must be working somewhat.
The original poster said the toilet was sluggish, and he used a plunger. If
you don't know how to use a plunger or snake, that's your mental deficiency.
You can find out, with or without reading about the use of acid. Your
choice. If you can read what I wrote. I doubt it.
Again, the only reference to using acid was in the context of using it
to clear the internal flush water passages where a plunger or a snake
has no applicability. Go back and re-read the thread and see if you can
improve your reading comprehension.
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