I'd be cautious on the quantity, but the small amount of acid relative
to 1,000gal or more volume in the septic tank shouldn't be a problem.
Doing the baking soda flush would add another level of safety.
If you're really paranoid, remove the toilet and do the whole acid flush
thing in the back yard using a garden hose to fill the tank. Do the
baking soda thing to neutralize the acid on the ground and flush well
with the hose.
I like the neutralizing acid with baking soda hint.
If someone is on septic and concerned about the acid affecting the
action of their septic, here is a simple receipe to get the 'good'
bacteria in the septic going again.
2 C. Brown Sugar
5 C. Warm Water
1 pkg Dry Yeast
Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Flush it down the toilet and wait an hour before running any water.
Does the bowl fill slowly? Or does it fill, and then the water stays in the
If the water fills up high and drains slowly, please consider trying a
You get about what you pay for, the eight dollar ones are weak, and tend to
twist and get ruined. The Ridgid one for $25 works nicely. High water and
slow draining, sometimes the drain gets partly closed.
Just to point out that just about 20 years ago when you said the toilet was
installed, many jurisdictions started requiring the use of Water Saver
toilets. These toilets used about 3.5 gallons of water instead of the
approximately 5.5 gallons of the older toilets. And just like the current
low-flow (1.6 gallon) toilets, the first of the 3.5 ones were not ready for
prime time, so they didn't work very well. You may have one of them. If
so, there is not much you can do other than 1) raise the level of the water
in the tank to close to the top of the fill tube and 2) hold the handle down
until you get a complete flush (or replace the flapper with one that is
designed to close slower).
On Tue, 30 Sep 2008 13:43:50 -0400, "Marilyn & Bob"
Yes, it is a water-saver model. Color is ivory. Most of the time it
is OK but with a "heavy load" it blocks up partially. Thanks for the
closet auger suggestion. Are any of the Drano like products worth
A repost that may be your problem :
I had a toilet a few years ago that had similar problems.
In the end it turned out that my teen age daughter dropped a stick
of deodorant into the toilet. Instead of doing the awful thing of
reaching into the toilet bowl she decided to just flush the problem
away. The stick made the turn around the first part of the S curve but
couldn't go any further. It was stuck in the middle of the S curve. It
was not visible and a toilet auger would just bypass it. I tied a
three prong fish hook to a sturdy string and flushed it. It would
catch something but couldn't pull it out.
I finally took the toilet outside and maneuvered a 1/4 inch rope
through the S curve and tied the rope to an old fashioned mop head. I
attempted to pull the mop head backwards through the S curve and
with it the obstruction but this didn't work either.
I still had no idea what the obstruction was. My daughter never
admitted to having any knowledge of the missing stick of deodorant.
After a few months of putting up with a toilet that would clog easily
I took matters into my own hand. HAMMER! DEODORANT! ANGRY!
After I calmed down I went to Home Depot to get a new toilet. It
was only then that I discovered that the size (3.5 gallon) and the
color (Harvest Gold) was not available. I settled for a 1.6 gallon
A few years went by with my mis-matched toilet and then my neighbor
had a garage sale. In the sale he had his old 3.5 gallon Harvest Gold
toilet left over from his updated bathroom with a "free" sign on it.
Bingo. I'm back to being matched again with my 70's style bathroom.
P.S. I do not have a avocado refrigerator
Not no, Hell NO!
Strong alkali can do a number on the trap glazing. The glazing on the
better grade toilets is there to keep the turd velocity as high as
possible. Acid is safe to use, don't experiment.
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