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Old 08-21-2010, 04:11 AM   #1
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I am on a septic system and we have one toilet in the house. When we bought the house we have had to dumb buckets of water in the stool to get it to clear (but not always successfully). The water runs very slowly. The stool does not have a vent going to it. Could this cause the problem? I am redoing the bathroom floor right now and it would be a good time to correct any plumbing issues I have.

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Yes, lack of a vent will definitely cause the slow flush you describe.

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Yes, lack of a vent will definitely cause the slow flush you describe.

Has the septic tank been pumped? When you move in, you don't know when it was last pumped (and inspected) so doing that soon after you move in is a good idea to check for septic system problems. These problems can make a difference in the way the unvented toilet flushes (or does not flush) too.

Namely a smaller air pocket at the top of the septic tank (normal size is about 15% of the tank height) means less give or compressibility of the overall air in the drain system to let the unvented toilet flush.
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Allanj is right---get that vent installed and lets hope that there are no other things that were installed wrong.---Check the pitch on the drain pipe while you are working on it.




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does any other plumbing fixture in the house besides the stool back-up? maybe the stool has problems ?
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