Our toilet that is about 19 years old has started swirling in the tank when
flushed rather than going down as it should. It does not fill up or
overflow however, so I'm guessing that the stream of water near the bottom
of the bowl is not flowing properly. Is this the likely problem and if so
is this something that I can fix? Thanks.
If there are other toilets in the house that *also* exhibit the same problem,
then you likely have a blockage in your sewer line -- or, if you're on a
septic system, you may need to have your tank pumped.
If this is the only toilet in the house -- see above, except substitute
"possibly" for "likely", and also see below.
If there are other toilets in the house, and this is the only one with this
problem, then almost certainly there's something stuck in the trap of this
toilet. Go to a hardware store or home center and get a "closet auger"
(a.k.a. "toilet snake"). If that doesn't remove the blockage, you may need to
remove the toilet so that you can get at the trap from the bottom.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Ok, thanks. I've tried using the snake to clean it out from the top of the
toilet. The other toilet, tubs and sinks are all draining just fine so I
think that it is probably something with this toilet. I guess the next step
will be to pull it up and see if there is anything from the bottom side?
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