I have been told my toilet is"worn out" and that is why the water
flushes so slowly......that the porcelian is worn
out.................have not heard of that before......suggestion by a
plumber was to pour dishwashing soap in bowl every couple of
days.....would improve but not much
ANy ideas??? Toilet might be 20 years old
remove the toilet and snake a towel up from the wax to the bowl thru
the built-in trap, this will remove the plastic item stuck there.
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I don't think I have ever heard that one before. I would not bother
with detergent, it might cause more problems than it fixed.
My first thought is the dreaded blue pill. If you have been using one
of those, in the tank, cleaners, I would guess that is your problem. Slow
flushes are the usual result of long term usage of them.
The only wear I can think of is if the trapway was originally glazed
(like the bowl, nice and shinny) and has worn so it is more like sandpaper.
However most toilets come that way because they fail to glaze them and
almost no one knows that it makes a difference or even that it is done.
Say what? It takes about an hour to remove every moving part from a toilet
and replace it. It takes a little longer to remove it from the floor and
replace the wax gasket. If you do all that, it should work "good as new."
You have exactly the same porcelain that the toilet came with.
Your problem is something other than your toilet. Something obstructing the
line, the trap, or the line between the trap and further.
Seriously, that diagnosis/treatment sounds nonsense.
The water is either slow to:
1. Enter the bowl. Or
2. Exit the bowl.
In case 1, you examine the flapper, water level etc.
In case 2, you start looking for a blockage or partial
blockage in the toilet and/or the drains to which it is
Even if the porcelain has lost its glaze and looks terrible,
it's not going to have any significant impact on the water
flow. However, it might make blockages rather more likely
and/or frequent. I suppose a little dishwashing liquid may
help avoid that problem. The Clorox toilet cleaner with
Telfon would probably do the same thing better.
But you didn't characterize the problem as being one of
frequent blockages -- just of poor flow.
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The hydrolics of toilet flushing can be more complicated than
they might appear. Poor flushing can be caused by partial
blockage of the small holes under the rim (e.g. by the build-up
of hard water deposits). This can slow the inrush of water
enough to cause poor flushing. This may make a toilet
appear to be "worn out". Make sure that these holes are clear
and then see if your flushing improves.
Another cause of poor flush action is build-up in the throat
of the toilet. Make sure that this area is as clear and smooth
Nah, the holes under the rim are for rinsing the sides. The amount of
Sorry your wrong! Not long ago I fixed a friends toilet by giving it
some acid down the dip tube and in the bowl.
The crud that flowed out was amazing.
The rim holes add enough water to get the good flush going....
when you flush and see just a swirl sediment has likely plugged in
interior water passages.....
Easily fixed with acid in well under a half hour
My first thought as well, if the flapper is working correctly and
the sewer drain is clear. My house had three 30 year old toilets
slow on the flush. With our hard city water, mineral buildup
had caused a slower inrush of water thru the bowl rim. Cleaning
these out with a piece of coat hanger wire (about 8 inches long)
with a slight curve loosened a bunch of crud.
Right again. Clean these with the coat hanger until no
more deposits and till smooth to the touch.
In my case, this cleaning let me keep my old three gallon
What's to wear out? (Other than items that would not cause that symptom.)
As the other poster suggested, there's probably an obstruction of some
sort somewhere in the system.
Our 25 year old toilets flush just fine.
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I have heard that calcium builds up in the toilet throat (part you
can't see) over time and reduces the size of the opening. I have
cleaned many toilets in my rentals by putting a lot of swimming pool
acid into them to dissolve the stains. It would also dissolve any
calcium build up in the throat. I don't measure but I would guess I
put about 2 cups of acid into the bowl at a time and let it work and
then flush. This creates a lot of fumes after a while so you need to
have ventilation. Swimming pool acid does a great job of cleaning
calcium build up off of shower doors and tiles too. You don't want to
spill any on yourself. It is hard on the grout so you don't want to
do it very often or use it straight.
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