strange toilet problem

Old 05-26-02, 05:31 PM
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strange toilet problem

i appreciate any help people can give: i live in a highrise building and my toilet works perfectly well with liquid wastes. however, whenever solid waste goes into the toilet bowl, the toilet doesn't
flush properly. what happens is that the flushing mechanism removes the solid waste from the toilet bowl, but the waste seem to get stuck somewhere in the toilet itself. i can tell this because (a) the toilet bowl empties very, very slowly if i flush
it again right afterwards and (b), in order to clear the toilet, i have to use a plunger a few times. after using the plunger, the toilet bowl empties very, very quickly when i flush it.
i had a plumber come out but he could not find anything wrong. does anybody have ideas as to why a toilet would work perfectly well with urine, but be unable to move solid wastes all the way through the toilet.
thanks, Arthur
Old 05-26-02, 05:46 PM
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You've probably got something stuck in the built-in trap of the toilet.

Anything can get hung up in them...plastic toys, toothbrushes, feminine products, etc.
Get a crank-handle toilet auger and try to auger it out through the bowl.
If that doesn't work, you will have to pull the toilet, and auger it out from underneath.
Good Luck!

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