Slow Running Toilet

Old 06-11-05, 06:43 AM
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I have a toilet that runs slow. I've tried:

1) Using a plunger
2) Using a toilet auger.
3) Using an enzyme based pipe cleanser that I purchased at Home Depot (the brand was "Zeps").

The only other thing that I can think to try is to remove the toilet and attempt to clean any obstructions in the pipes. Needless to say, I would rather not do this. Can anyone suggest any other possible fixes?

Old 06-11-05, 11:41 AM
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TroubledLoner, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
"Slow running" could mean a couple things. Try dumping about 2 or 3 gallons of water from a bucket held at waist level into the toilet. If it goes right through then it is not a drain problem. Could be that the holes under the rim have gotten blocked with mineral deposits and do not allow the water to flow fast enough for a proper flush. You can inspect these holes with a handheld mirror. A bent metal coat hanger makes a good tool for cleaning them out. You can also turn off the water supply and flush the toilet. Open the flapper and pour in some CLR or other mineral inhibitor solution and let it sit a while. Turn the water back on and flush. Good luck.
Old 06-12-05, 08:12 PM
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I had that problem with one of my toilets in my manufactured home. The problem was the drainage pipe under the house that went to that toilet bowed down. The pipe hangs then drops a foot about 14 feet away. Somewhere in the middle the pipe bowed down lower than the other end. I raised the middle of the pipe by tying it to a beam. The water goes down faster now.

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