My first floor toilet won't empty out when flushed. Even when it is
just liquid. The bowl doesn't clear out. I ran a toilet snake in as
far as it extended, and we have no small children to cause the problem.
There is a horizontal 3' pipe that leads to the verticle in the
basement. Our upstairs bathrooms are connected to that, and they work
fine. Upstairs toilets are low consumption and the one that doesn't
work isn't. The water seems to come out of the rim alright, but it
just looses momentum and then sits there. I should be able to figure
this out, but I can't and hope one of you fine individuals will show me
P.S. If I need to give more info, just let me know.
Following up on the two comments already made,
Try pouring a bucket of water into the bowl.
That should flush the toilet without using water in the tank.
If that produces a good flush, the problem is water delivery to the
Try using a coat hanger to clean the orfices under the rim of the bowl.
Most likely it means you either need to get the pros out with their
professional equipment. It may be a clog beyond your reach. However there
are two other possible issues I can think of. The vent above could be
clogged. It extends through your roof and sometimes dead animals or bird
nest clog them. Another possibility is that your toilet may have build up
of deposits under the lip and that is clogging the flow of water into the
bowl. You may want to check that out as well.
In my area, the water is quite hard, which has led to calcium deposits
in the rim and the siphon jets. Give the toilet a flush with a bucket,
to check if it'll start siphoning that way, but I suspect your jets may
have lost their "calibre". You know, atherosclerosis of the porcelain.
I've heard of folks dissolving the deposits with an acid solution, but
it was an involved, tedious process. Some think a wire coat hanger,
bent just so, can auger out the rim jets. I'd probably buy a new
toilet, a good one. Tom
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