Toilets won't flush completely

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by cable_data_guy, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. cable_data_guy

    cable_data_guy New Member

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    We have an older toilet in the bedroom bath that has for several months not flushed completely. We have a new toilet put in 2 years ago that was working fine but in the last week or so is having the same problem.

    My wife says we need the septic tanks cleaned but I don't think so. All other drains work fine, the sinks, the showers, the bathtub. I don't want to spend $400 and dig up the yard if that's not the problem.

    I tried plunging and it didn't help. The water doesn't back up it just doesn't flush the tp out.

    I asked my neighbor and he said to check the holes under the rim where the water comes out. So this morning I did on the new one. It only had about 6 holes at the front. I stuck my finger in one and some blue goo came out. It looks like some of my wife's blue stuff she puts in the toilet was stuck in a hole. Nothing came out of the other holes. I put some toilet paper in and it seemed to flush better.

    Do you think that's the problem? Do you think there's a bunch of blue toilet stuff stuck in the rim preventing full water flow?

    She uses this in both toilets all the time. Thx for any info
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    That is one way to ruin a toilet bowl.
  3. cable_data_guy

    cable_data_guy New Member

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    Thx. I'll tell her. So I guess i'll stick a small pipe brush in the holes as far as I can and let the rest just wash out over time? Any better way to fix it?
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Get a shop vac wet/dry and suck that smurf crap out of the tank right now.
    If you are lucky it will eventually flush out and the toilet will work again.
  5. cable_data_guy

    cable_data_guy New Member

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    Thx for the advice. I'll do it tonight when I get home. Sounds like I saved alot of work and $400 dollars for pumping out the septic tanks.:D
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Make sure the exhaust isn't pointed at anything that would look bad if it gets stained blue.

    If I have to ruin a shop vac on a customers blue goo, they buy me a new one.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    WE can think anything we want to, but that does not mean we can tell what the problem is with the toilets. A plugged drain WILL affect the toilets first even if everything else works properly.
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