Toilet is draining slow when flushed!!!?


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Old 07-18-08, 03:46 AM
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Toilet is draining slow when flushed!!!?

Hello, I have a 2 year old and I am about 99% sure that he threw something down our 2nd fl toilet and now our toilet is all kinda messed up. Every time we flush the toilet, even if its only water in there and nothing else, it takes about 5 to 6 seconds till the water is gone. I have a 1/4" snake but I don't wanna make it worse. I would like some opinions, because I think I am going to have to call a plumber here by noon today. I don't need something happening on the weekend when its more money. Also we have a toilet in the basement right next to the main 5"/6" main line and that flush's fine. Its a 1943 house also. Just wanna make sure that all the info is there. I hate doing plumbing work!! HA HA Thanks!!
 
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Old 07-18-08, 04:41 AM
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just pick up a new wax ring and pull the toilet. there is probably a toy lodged in the p-trap or at the joint where your toilet hooks to the floor. no problem.

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Old 07-18-08, 05:30 AM
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You need a good closet auger to attempt to remove the item from above without removing the toilet. This may not work, and then you will need to do as speedwrench has mentioned.


Also, have you tried a plunger? If something were dropped into the toilet, this probably won't work, but it will not hurt to try first. Then use the auger, then pull the toilet, and when all else fails... CALL A PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER
 
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Old 07-18-08, 08:15 AM
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Never pulled a toilet up and I have heard that getting the toilet back on the wax ring is a bEATCH!!! I have used a plunger, just this morning, just to get the water to flush, nothing else in there!! Thanks guys!!
 
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I haven't re-set many toilets but I have never had a problem with the wax ring. You do need to be strong enough to hold the toiler perfectly vertical when lowering it onto the bolts. Some people advise sticking the wax ring on the toilet first and then lowering it onto the bolts. Be sure to clean the old wax off of both the toilet and the flange before setting the new wax ring. It is not necessary to remove the wax that got in the bolt holes of the flange, only that on top of the sealing surfaces.

In a house built in the forties it is possible that you have a lead "closet bend" connecting the flange to the cast-iron sewer pipe. This is a really soft metal and can be damaged by a snake quite easily so I do not recommend using a snake on a toilet. A "closet auger", which is specially made to work on just the trap of a toilet (the trap is an integral part of the toilet casting) may be okay but often will not remove the "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger" or "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" that little kids seem to toss into toilets, for this you MUST remove the toilet and take it out in the yard and backflush it from below with the garden hose, pushing the hose as far up the toilet (backwards) as you can.
 
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Old 07-19-08, 07:23 PM
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Fixed!! YEAH!! About 3 hours ago I had to plunge it to get the water to go down and after another flush it is working fine now. THANK GOD!! Gonna have to get a child safety latch for the lid now!! HA HA Thanks for all the advice!!
 
 

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