Toilet flushes... but doesn't...


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Old 06-26-07, 05:02 PM
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Angry Toilet flushes... but doesn't...

Okay, I'll put this as simply as I can. Any help in this matter would be great because my head hurts now, lol.

When I flush my toilet the water goes from the tank to the bowl just fine. The problem is when the bowl then tries to expel the water through the piping. It acts like it wants to flush (water spins, tries to go further) but it never does fully.

There's no back up that I can see. I've plunged it, snaked it, checked the holes along the rim of the bowl, no back up in sink or tub, checked the flapper to make sure enough water was getting through (seemed fine), but still the water doesn't want to go through like it should.

The bowl doesn't overflow when I flush it's just the water doesn't empty from the bowl like normal. This is very annoying since now it takes at least two or more flushes to flush whatever "debris" might be in the bowl after we use it.

Any thoughts or help?
 
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Old 06-26-07, 11:31 PM
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Toilets are pretty simple -if the water won't drain from the bowl, there's a clog somewhere. Based on what you've already tried, I'd pull the stool and go up from the back side to see if something's caught in the trap. We have to do this about twice a year on a tenant's toilet and the culprits are children's toys most of the time, one time it was a spoon.
 
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Old 06-30-07, 11:55 PM
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Lightbulb Got the same problem

Or at least, part of my toilet problem is that.

Read my post of today, I think I finally found it, it does make sense. In any case, it will help you understand toilet mechanics ('cause you were wondering, right?)
 
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Old 07-06-07, 10:55 AM
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If it was a vent issue the all the toilets would be affected, unless the fixtures are on different vents, or the vent is clog close to that toilet. So the Questions is do all your toilets show this problem????
 
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Old 07-07-07, 07:26 AM
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Similar problem

This morning when flushing, the bowl emptied but the tank would not refill. I have checked to see if water ws on and everything checks. There is no leak in the basement and I am stumped on what could be keeping the tank from refilling. I have VERY basic knowledge. (I changed the toilet) but I have no plumbing knowledge so please help me. I have filled the tank a couple times and flushed and everything seems to work except the tank will not refill. What am I missing???
 
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Old 07-07-07, 07:47 AM
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Either water is not coming up the pipe from the wall or floor into the toilet tank, or the shutoff valve under the toilet is plugged or goofed up, or the fill valve inside the tank is blocked with junk.

You never described for us what kind of fill valve you have in the tank. Do you have the kind that has a floating ball that is on the end of a long rod, or do you have one of the more compact relacement fill valves, like say the very popular Fluidmaster 400?

Some of the fill valves allow you to take the top off so you can then flush out any debris inside. You must first turn off the water to the toilet!!! If you remove it, you then hold some kind of (preferably plastic) glass upside down over the fill valve and turn on the water with your other hand, and flush out the inside.

If you have the old fashion float-on-end-of-rod type - is the float ball hanging down so it can recharge the tank? It shoud be. If the tank is empty of water and the float ball is stuck sticking straight out, perhaps it got hung up on something inside the tank.
 
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Old 07-07-07, 09:14 AM
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American Standard

My bad. I have an american standard with the floating ball. I have checked the attachments and am going to check the fill valve. Will be back either way. Thank you.
 
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Old 07-07-07, 09:48 AM
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the water line to toilet

I have removed the line from the water supply to the tank and initially, it starts to fill. Then it suddenly stops. Each time I disconnect the line and reattach, it does the same thing.
 
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Old 07-07-07, 11:41 AM
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What does it start to fill if you have the supply line disconnected from the tank, as you say?
 
 

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