Or go for white vinegar down the overflow tube to get the rim holes.
Let it set in there overnight every so often. I use a .22 caliber gun-
cleaning brush for the rim holes if they seem to need cleaning if
the vinegar doesn't help.
Remember that vinegar is an acid, just not as aggressive as others.
Ashton Crusher wrote:
pete wrote: "I have been told my toilet is"worn out" and that is why the wa
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"
I *thought* this was a repair forum, according to it's name, but anywho...
One thing nobody mentioned on here: The possibility of mineral build-up in
side the rim jets of the toilet bowl itself. This is especially true with
a very old fixture or if your local water supply is particularly hard. A s
mall wire brush might be used to carefully clear out those rim jets and res
tore some of the original flushing power.
Using a plumber's snake to clear any drain obstacles, as mentioned earlier
on here, is common sense, but should not require pulling up the toilet.
Finally, make sure your tank is refilling up to the full line inside, not 2
inches or so beneath it, so you are using the specified water amount per f
I was told the same thing today. Apparently, the water is forced into the drain
so that the flushing action can take place. Carbon build-up can slow that
forced water stream, neutralizing the flushing action. Go figure.
Toilets can deteriorate. Under the rim is a series of holes for the
water to come into the bowl for the flush. Over time, depending on your
water, they will get plugged and performance slowly degrades. The trap
can build up too.
If you are going to replace the toilet, get the comfort height. Easier
on the knees as you get older. There are some very good toilets that are
reasonably priced from Kohler, Amer. Standard, Toto
| > 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
| I was told the same thing today. Apparently, the water is forced into the
| drain so that the flushing action can take place. Carbon build-up can
| slow that forced water stream, neutralizing the flushing action. Go
Sounds to me like an urban legend, maybe perpetrated
by dish soap makers. :) Try filling a rough wooden bowl
with water and then tipping it. Do you find that the water
suddenly acts colloidal, resisting tipping out of the bowl
because of friction? I doubt that will happen.
Before the 1.6 gallon flush law it was common not to
even glaze the inner s-tube section of toilets. (I can't
recall the name for that.)
On the other hand, more modern toilets have been
designed with surprisingly powerful flushes. So maybe
the person who told you that yours is anemic is simply
comparing it to theirs. If it works then it doesn't need
to be fixed. It certainly doesn't need more dish soap added
to sewer waste that then has to be treated.
I don't think it's "carbon buildup" but rather mineral buildup. A good
product which I use and recommended here was Worx. It does... DAGS as to
application and usage. You may save $$$ having to replace the terlet vs the
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