I assume you don't want call the guy back that you paid $130? Unless
there's some circumstance that he shouldn't or that you don't want him back,
maybe he could pull the toilet and inspect the bottom side for an
obstruction? While he's at it, have him test the (closet arm) pipe for an
object or for a partial stoppage by running some water or buckets of water
Maybe there's hard water deposits built up inside the toilet that is
preventing paper and waste from flowing through.
Also, not to insult your traditional knowledge of plunging a toilet when
there's a stoppage, but never plunge a toilet stoppage unless you KNOW for
sure it's only paper and or waste causing the problem. Otherwise there's
the very like possibility that plunging will force the object further into
the trap of the toilet or even into the closet section of the system. If
this happens, you've essentially doubled or even tripled the amount of work
that needs to be done. I would love to share the secret with you, but it's
a little known, guarded thing among SOME professional drain cleaners, so
you'll need to call a professional.
As far as your current issuse, call the guy back, have him pull the toilet,
inspect it. If the toilet checks out fine somehow, all at one time, dump at
least 3 gals. of water down the drain to try to get it to back up. If the
it backs up, it'll need to be either augered or cabled (snaked) to hopefully
retrieve the object, if any. If it still isn't resolved, you might be
looking at a larger problem (though I doubt it) and may need to have a video
inspection performed to reveal what it is and where it is.
Keep us posted.
Here in our condo we own the toilet because it is not "original". We do not
own the plumbing behind the wall or under the floor. Condo maintenance's
main job is to insure that all problems are the owner's problem only, never
This is an ongoing problem for weeks now. The toilet will seem fine then
be plugged. Usually what happens is I use it in the morning before work,
errrrrr use it kina "heavily". One or two flushes later it seems fine.
Off I go to work, wife goes to use it & WHAM it's plugged & requires
Once when it was "slow" I rented a closet auger & reamed it for a while,
feeling no obstructions & it had no effect on the problem. Our Condo
maintenance guy claims it is the toilet. We called in a company that
quoted 24/7 service at reasonable prices. The guy did not seem to be a
plumber to me, just a hard worker. For surprisingly cheap $130.00 he spent
about 30 minutes using a closet auger & a plunger & got it flushing normally
again. I am unsure if the reaming did anything as he also plunged like a
The toilet became plugged a few days later.
All the reaming I do does nothing. Only plunging seems to help. When it
is working, it flushes well, swirls & everything goes down in a single
flush. After "heavy use" a plug does not show for a couple flushes.
In a professional plumber's opinion, is this some sort of toilet issue or an