how to clean toilet rim jets?

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Old 05-18-19, 06:49 PM
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how to clean toilet rim jets?

I had a weak flush toilet. Used 6 feet snake and seems no clog on the pipe. Bucket water test works fine too.

The rim jets are dirty. I used toilet bowl cleaner to clean the rim jets area. Also duct taped all jets and then pour hot white vinegar into overflow tune to let it sit 2 hours. Repeated vinegar again. Seems improved a little bit but not much. I read online that people also try to use some kind of acid instead of white vinegar, I am not sure it is safe or not.

Any suggestion what next step I should do?

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Old 05-18-19, 07:12 PM
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You would want to be very careful with any type of acid since if it is mixed too strong it can etch the porcelain. I would probably use limeaway or crl or similar and keep at it with a bristle brush or pipe cleaner and repeat until it's clean.

Toilets are cheap enough that if I had to work on it for much more than an hour, it would no longer be worth my time... so if that's the case with yours and its too far gone you could just get a new one and save the time and effort and cost of cleaning supplies.
 
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Seems like back when I was young I took a wire [coat hanger?] to run in/out of the holes to clean them out.
 
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I used air pressure (co2 cartridge) at the flapper valve with a wet towel for containment. It blew a cup of brown sludge out the rim. Sludge blew downward and hit the bowl water level and created a mess, splashing upward in my face. But after one purge, the plugged up toliet worked like new.
 
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Pipe cleaners work for me.
https://www.the-crafts-outlet.com/pr...xoCuPcQAvD_BwE
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I definitely spent more than 1 hour already...

I was also thinking of replace it as well, does this looks a good one? reviews seems pretty good: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1
 
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@airmark, never thought of using air pressure. need to seal the bowl first
 
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Yes, that TOTO is a very good toilet. Used them for many years with no issues what so ever. But I would make sure to get the 1.6 gal flush model.
 
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But I would make sure to get the 1.6 gal flush model.

I haven't bought a new toilet in many years and have noticed now there are quite a few 1.28 gallon flush models. I am just curious if the 1.28 gallon models are satisfactory or would it be wise to stay with the 1.6 gallon flush models?
 
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I have no idea how good the 1.28 gal models are, but I do think 1.6 offers plenty of water saving compared to the old toilets. Sooner or later I'm afraid they will get the water per flush so low they won't flush at all. Kind of like the new HE washing machines and their great success stories.
 
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