Still need a plunger

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by macd, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. macd

    macd New Member

    Oct 13, 2007
    The circa-1992 toilet in my house would back-up a couple times a week, so I replaced it with a Toto Drake. I expected I would be able to throw away my plunger, but no such luck. The Drake backs up less frequently, but maybe still once a week.

    My wife uses a lot of toilet paper. But, should paper alone be enough to stop a Drake?

    What can I check to determine if there is something wrong with my plumbing, or if I'm just exceeding the design capacity of the toilet?

  2. grazzy

    grazzy New Member

    Nov 1, 2007
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    There has to be a limit on the amount of toilet paper any toilet can handle. The type of paper also is a factor.
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    Toilet paper poll

    Some paper is mainly cotton. Cotton doesn't break down, and is very clingy.
    I sold a toilet to a hair salon, one of the hair stylist used lots of the thick paper.
    It would "pack" the 4" cast iron drain line in the floor.
    The owner would pull the bowl, and pull the paper out of the 4" drain and reinstall the bowl.

    You may also consider a washlet type seat, something that uses water to wash with.
    There would be so much less paper to deal with that way.

    Last edited: May 30, 2014
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