I have a 23 year old Eljer toilet that has recently started clogging up
badly. I plunge it, it flushes normally with water, then clogs up
immediately. It is getting tiresome.
Any idea why I am suddenly having this problem and what I can do about it?
I have a toilet auger, but if it flushes normally with water, then I don't
see that it would be useful; and it is such a job to dry (My sons swear
that nothing improper has gone it it...)
you will be using a service mirror before and after pulling the toilet.
you will be taking the closet auger up thru the bowl, grabbing a towel,
and pulling it thru the toilet's own trap.
using a 2 gallon or larger shop vac, drain tank and bowl water.
inspect bowl with your favorite service mirror on a telescoping handle
for unauthorized flushed items.
with a spare variety of wax seals and some plumbers putty and your
plumbing tools, remove
water supply and toilet from floor. use mirror to inspect toward sewer
and inlet and outlet of bowl.
Chances are quite good that something like a plastic prescription pill
bottle got flushed down it and is stuck crosswise in the trap, and the
closet auger is sliding right past it.
Short of running a small endoscope down it to see if there *is* a
foreign object stuck there, your next option is to pull the toilet, tip
it over and see what you find.
Similar problem over the years involving a comb, hair clip/s etc. Worst was
a piece of turkey bone that we had unknowingly dumped into the toilet when
getting rid of a partial (large) boiler of soup post Christmas soup!
Eventually had to take toilet completely apart, and turn to shake and turn
the bowl part over and over while poking and prodding to dislodge it. The
bone was quite short, about 2.5 inches IIRC, but it would not go round the
bend! It was also very reluctant to come back the way it went in!
You pretty much solved the problem when you mentioned the name
I have one of them, except mine is about 8 to 10 years old. It came
with the house, and ever since I moved here, I got to plunge it almost
anytime I take a dump. It dont even need toilet paper to clog, just a
good hefty crap will plug the f)#&*! thing. I have snaked it out with
a toilet auger, installed a new wax ring, modified the tank for faster
flushing, and everything else imaginable. I worked as a plumber for
quite a few years when I was younger, so I know what I am doing.
To be quite honest, the whole problem is the *NAME* Eljer. Of all the
toilets I have repaired, installed, and used, Eljer is by far the
worst brand ever made.
I have a used toilet sittting in my shed waiting to replace this
useless piece of junk, but like everything else, I never find the time
to do the job. In the meantime, I just plunge everytime I take a
shit, and continue to cuss at the damn thing.
I should also note that this toilet is the first toilet that I have
ever snaked and the auger got stuck in the damn toilet. I finally got
it out, but ended up bending the hell out of the snake. Apparently
Eljer makes the opening way too small. I'll be glad to send this
toilet to the dump where it belongs. It should have been sent there
before it was sold.
don't get discouraged. it took me then plumber #1 then plumber #2 to
find a plastic disposable picnic spoon hiding in the bowl's own trap
after 5 years of complaints. on a different job a tenant's stool
sample wooden stick caused the same described problem. never give up!
Seriously, use the closet auger. Amazing all the corrosion and stuff that
you can ream out, and flush down the line.
The $23 Ridgid closet auger is well worth the extra money, compared to the
cheapie $8 one.
After you run the reamer in and out, leave the reamer as far down as you
can, and then flush the toilet. This rinses off the snake.
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