Toilet won't flush{not clogged}

Old 11-09-00, 06:20 PM
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I unbolted comode,took it outside,filled it
w/water and it flushes fine.I poured a 5 gal
bucket of water down the drain pipe, w/no
back up.When I put the comode back in place
it still won't flush.This happens whenever we
get alot of rain.any ideas??? thanks
Old 11-09-00, 08:06 PM
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I am not a plummer but it sounds like your problem is a restricted or clogged roof air vent pipe.

If your able, climb on the roof and run a snake down the air vent line as far as it will go. You can then test it from up there if you have a garden hose that will reach up there.

Run some water down the line after clearing it with the snake and see if any of this helps. Be a good idea to have a helper stand by, at the toilet, just in case the water you run down the vent pipe backs up into the toilet.

Good Luck,
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If it's not the drain, and it's not the toilet, the vent is the only thing left. The 5 gallon bucket you poured down the drain was probably not a realistic test, because it doesn't simulate the rate at which the toilet puts water down the drain, and because the open pipe is self vented.

Go with Tom's advice.

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