Re: Intermittent flushing
Posted by emily514 on September 07, 19100 at 21:50:21:
In response to Re: Intermittent flushing
: : The toilet in my house exhibits the same problem as one of the earlier posts, it does not always flush all of the contents in the bowl. I did everything you suggested and found no ubstruction in the toilet itself. While I had the toilet out in the yard I placed it across a couple of 2x4's and filled the tank several times. It would flush properly every other time. Feeling that this was an improvement and being at a loss as to what to do next, I reinstalled the toilet. It is now back to it's old behavior, flushing properly perhaps one in ten times.
: : The drains in the house all work fine. I checked the stink pipe to see if there was an ubstruction there, no. I ran large volumes of water down the toilet problems. The toilet is not that old...about twenty years...and seems to be in fine shape. I also replaced the fill valve...the old one was working but looked as though it was on it's last legs. What next?

A plumber told me that there could be mineral build-up in the small one inch hole in the toilet bowl. He recommended that I take a coat hanger and push it up the small hole. If small concrete-like pieces fell into the water, then build-up is likely. Then, he said to mark the water line with a pencil in the bowl, turn the water off, flush the toilet, scoop remaining water out of bowl and pour Lime-Away or CLR down the overflow tube until the pencil mark is met. Let this sit for a day or longer. He said that the holes in the bowl from where the water comes down from the tank can have build up as well.

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