Low flush toilets causing sewage pipe clogs???

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  1. mrgooch

    mrgooch New Member

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    It is my belief that using toilets with a low volume of water to flush waste would or could eventually cause a blockage in the sewer pipe. Wouldn't waste and paper tend to collect without a volume of water to move it?
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    At my mom's home, her sewer line is 250 feet 4" clay pipe.
    She has two 1.6 bowls and one 3.5
    The 3.5 has much slower drainline carry than the 1.6 bowls.
    That line has been there since 1962 and the only time we snaked it was when paper caught on a gas line that had been drilled through the clay pipe.
    We cut the pipe with the cutters on the snake and had the gas company out to relocate the gas line. It's been fine ever since.

    Warning: Cutting a gas line inside a sewer line can have serious problems.

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    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014
  3. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    That could be spectacular. That's got to make its way into the storyline for a movie.
  4. mrgooch

    mrgooch New Member

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    Hello Terry
    Have you ever heard of this concern before?
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I hear about the worry, but then I've installed thousands of 1.6 and 1.28 gallon toilets without issues.

    I've also heard about old homes with old lines and old toilets that need snaking every other year because of roots and cracked lines. More water doesn't help with roots. It just makes more of a mess when it backs up.

    Here is a video of a 1.1 gallon flush

    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014
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