Toilet Problems

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Old 02-28-04, 06:39 AM
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Toilet Problems

After reading the different posts on this subject and trying a few different ones, we still have a problem. When we use the toilet in the 2nd bathroom it takes 2 or 3 flushes to get everything down. I have noticed that when we flush the toilet there are only a few streams of water coming from the rim of the toilet and the swirl of the water in the bowl is not good ( there's a little swirl but nothing to write home about ). The Master bath toilet works fine and there is NP there. The shower in the 2nd bathroom also backs up when you take a shower and you have to keep the water pressure low to keep it from backing up too much. We have used a plunger and some drain cleaner and it has not helped at all. We love this web site. It has helped us remodel 75% of our house and this is the first time we have posted here. Thanks for your time.
 
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Old 02-28-04, 07:00 AM
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Sounds like you may have a partial clog in the drain line from that bath.
You may have to pull the toilet and snake the line from there, unless you have a clean-out plug on that drainline that you can get to.
Check the operation of the toilet with the tank lid off and make sure that the flapper is staying up long enough to give a full flush of water. Replace the flapper if necessary. Shorten the chain on the flapper so that it just allows the flapper to seal fully.
Make sure that the tank is filling to the horizontal fill line indentation inside the tank. Adjust the fill valve float if necessary.
Check the holes under the rim of the bowl for mineral clogging, and ream the holes out with an icepick or stiff piece of coathanger wire.
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Old 02-28-04, 07:25 AM
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Thanks for the Quick reply Mike, The flapper seems to be fine, it stays open by itself and we dont have to hold down the handel at all, it will start to close when there is about 2'' of water left in the tank. Behind the tank was a pipe about 4'' round with a cap on it and maybe that was the clean out for it, but when we redid the sheetrock in there we coverd it up not thinkin anything of it. Would it be easyer to just pull the toilet out or run the snake thru the toilet bowl to see if that helps any before we pull the toilet. We could access that pipe from the other side of the wall ( dinning room ) but we would have to cut out some wall board to do it. Do you think this mite help the shower back up also ?
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Old 02-28-04, 08:32 AM
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Yes, the sluggish toilet and shower are why I believe that there is a partial clog in the drain line itself and not in just one or the other.
I don't think that you will be able to snake it without accessing that clean-out or pulling the toilet. The clean-out may be the best way.
You might want to consider opening that drywall up and then putting a painted cabinet door over it for easy future access.
This won't be the last time that someone will need to access that clean-out.
Good Luck!
Mike
 
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