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Old 12-01-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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My uncle has a weird issue with his toilet about twice a year he has to pull it and clean out a white jelly like substance from to toilet and about 4 inches down the pipe itself. it actually constricts the flow. It seems to be coming from the toilet end not the sewer pipe. He is on city sewer and lives in Oklahoma.

He has been a Master Plumber for over 25 years doing commercial drain cleaning and has never seen this before. He is not computer savvy so I figured I would post it here and see if any one else has any ideas.

The only thing he can think of is a possible reaction to medications his wife is on other than that nothing goes down the toilet that isn’t suppose to.

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The only thing I have seen that resembles what you have stated is the drain pipes from bar sinks where ice is kept for making mixed drinks. Most set-up's like this, the drain from the sink(s) are not actually tied in to the main drain. There is an air gap. After a couple months of use, a jelly would build up at the discharge area. A local chemical company sold a product to dissolve it. I don't know why melted ice would cause this, but it did.

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That would be a glucose buildup from the sugars in the drinks he is familiar with that and it is defiantly not that…good suggestion though.

His son is in grad school a the local university he going to see if maybe one of the chemistry students could take a look at it for him and maybe help ID it.
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The sinks I was referring to were used only for ice. The melting ice water ran to the drain. Other sinks that actually connected to the drain system were used for dumping drinks and washing glasses. It was a type of bacteria, but I do not know the name.
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