Strange Behavior for a Toto

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by matt0664, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. matt0664

    matt0664 New Member

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    Alright, I just remodeled my bathroom. Apart from adding a 3" drain for my shower, and a new 2" vent I did nothing else with the pipes. I put in a new Toto two piece pacifica. I love the toilet. It was working well, for about a week until it woke me at 4am this morning with a strange gurgling sound. I flipped the lid to see large air bubbles coming up into the bowl
    I tried flushing the toilet but it only filled with water
    slowly, the water subsided
    I plunged it- gasp! but the only change was that it drained a little faster
    Gone is the mighty flush
    What happened?
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Sounds like your sewer line is backing up. Toilets do not make air bubbles, like your describing, on their own.
  3. matt0664

    matt0664 New Member

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    toto

    The toilet is in the basement. However, there is a check valve installed -about 30 feet away- in the waste line.
    An additional note: The toilet went back into normal mode later on in the morning, but I'm still hearing intermittent gurgling noises and seeing air bubbles.
    PS> the check valve was installed years ago for the very reason you mentioned- our street seems to have a problem with the main line which caused the prior owner's rec area to fill with...you can guess what.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Check valves often don't seal completely, especially after they get older and things get trappped in their sealing area. Yours could be leaking a little. Nothing to do with your toilet.
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