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Old 04-05-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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I have a slow toilet in the basement. It acts like it's partially clogged. I think this is from the kids and their disposable wipes. Anyway. It works, but it's slow. I've stopped using it for now as it sometimes backs up in the sump-pump basin when the toilet is used.

I've tried plunging and a liquid cleaner. The two bathrooms upstairs work fine.

Is there something else I can do before calling a plumber?

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Old 04-06-2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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you could try ensuring the pagage way from the bowl to the drain pipe is clear. You might have ot have a plumber rod the line.He will likely remove the toilet to gain clear access. a good plumber will also have a scope to inspect the line, but thy usually charge $100 or so for that. Mighte be worth it.

Did the toilet work well at one point?


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Old 04-06-2011, 06:43 AM   #3
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You could buy an auger and attempt to find the blockage yourself...

Lots of videos here:
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It might be gross, but you'll likely have to pull the toilet, tip it over and pull out what's stuck inside the trapway. Comb, toothbrush.
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I think this is from the kids and their disposable wipes. Anyway. It works, but it's slow. I've stopped using it for now as it sometimes backs up in the sump-pump basin when the toilet is used.
We need to know more about the plumbing layout. Is the sump pump for wastewater or groundwater? Is the basement lower than the sewer or septic line leaving the house?

It could be that the pump impeller is jammed with "disposable wipes" in which case, you'll need to pull the pump, clear it, and re-set it.
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