constantly haveing to plungger toilet

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  1. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    I just recently had my septic tank pumped and repaired, and my septic field repaired. None of the plumbing in my bathroom was used for 8 days until all the repairs were completed since all the work was done my toilet still flushes slow, and after about every three uses I have to plungger the toilet in order for it to flush. Could this mean that I need the pipes rodded out, or could this indicate I need a new toilet?
    Thanks ,
    Paul :)
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Most of the time, it's something in the trapway of the toilet.
    Last week Jamie pulled a cell phone out of one bowl, and a tootbrush out of a second bowl.
  3. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

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    I'm having the same issue ... do I need to remove the toilet from the flange or is there a trick I'm not aware of. Thanks.
  4. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    You need a toilet auger

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  5. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    Please forgive my ignorance, is the trapway in the toilet with-in the toilet bowl itself, or is it in the pipes below the toilet bowl? I know how to take off the toilet bowl, and reinstal it, but thats about the limit of my knowledge of toilets, is this something I should hire a plumber to fix? And thanks so much for the info, I really do appriciate it.
    Paul
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The trap is inside of the toilet and since it dumps into a considerably bigger pipe, is the most likely place for a clog.
  7. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    So if I take the toilet bowl off there's a good chance that I will find the problem with-in the toilet bowl itself ?
    Paul
  8. burleymike

    burleymike New Member

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    I once had a neighbor that smoked a pipe. He always had one in his mouth. One evening he called me and asked if I could help him get the cleanout open. He figured one of his granddaughters flushed something. The old cleanout finally came open. We ran a snake in there and felt nothing.

    He put a small mirror and a flashlight in there and we saw a wad of toilet paper and other gunk just above the cleanout. We used a coat hanger to get it loose. Well there was one of his pipes. He said he had been looking for that one ever since the granddaughters had visited. :D
  9. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Use a closet auger! There is usually no need to remove the toilet.
  10. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    I sometimes wonder if anyone ever bothers to actually read the responses.
  11. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    ...or the questions. :D
  12. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Some responses are not worth reading.
    The link in my auto signature helps with that problem.:cool:
  13. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    toilet

    The septic tank probably did not have anything to do with the toilet not working in the first place. But there are so many possibilities that we might not cover all of them, and you might do the wrong thing to cure them. Often the problem does not require removing the toilet, and even if you do, that might do nothing to help cure the problem. You MUST find out WHAT is causing the problem before you can even think about curing it.
  14. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Since when is a "question" a "response"?

    Perhaps you should consider a class in basic readin' and 'ritin'. :)
  15. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Your response being what was not worth reading.
    And, Your follow up certainly wasn't worth writing.
    Opps sorry southern man I meant to write... Ritin
  16. redwoodvotesoften1

    redwoodvotesoften1 New Member

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    Down here ya all...
    When our toilets plug up we just have to dig a new hole and move the toilet over a few feet.
  17. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Nice avatar, Redwood. :)


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  18. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    How's your groundwater contamination, Mr. sanitation expert? For our modern composting toilets, the floor is a 4x8 sheet of pressure treat plywood with a privy hole centered in one quadrant. When the pile gets high we unscrew the floor, and rotate it or flip it to get the hole in a new position. :)
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  19. redwoodvotesoften1

    redwoodvotesoften1 New Member

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    As long as my well is up stream n yours is downsteam I don't see a problem
  20. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I guess we now know how Southern Man got to be so full of ****...
    His well is downstream from Hillbilly Man's outhouse!:eek:

    I knew it had to be something like that...
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