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Old 03-16-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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Toilet has me bumfuzzled........


Have a toilet in the basement. It's one of the last outlets in the house into the main drain away from the house. When I flush the toilet, the bowl just fills up. It almost sounds like the the "flush" period is too short, like the tank hasn't completely drained. But that's not the case. I've looked at the tank when I've flushed and it appears to be fine. The bowl does slowly drain over time though to the point the bowl is basically empty of all water. So it's not a complete blockage.

I've had some drainage issues in the main line but when that happens, usually I see slow drainage issues in the wash basin and even in the sink in that same bathroom with the toilet. But nothing this time.

I think my next step is to remove the toilet and see if something is clogging the line close to the toilet connection.

Am I missing something obvious before I go removing a toilet from the floor? Maybe something is wrong with the flush mechanism that I am not seeing?

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Old 03-16-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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Try measuring into a bucket a quantity of water a little more than the toilet tank delivers, and pour that into the toilet bowl. If the bowl flushes sluggishly then you have a problem in its passageways or further down in the drain pipe.

The toilet drain, like that for an upstairs toilet, must be vented.

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Try measuring into a bucket a quantity of water a little more than the toilet tank delivers, and pour that into the toilet bowl. If the bowl flushes sluggishly then you have a problem in its passageways or further down in the drain pipe.

The toilet drain, like that for an upstairs toilet, must be vented.
I think the toilet would overflow. There is no drainage at all.
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Sounds like you have a restriced line. Try plunging the toilet or have it rodded. You may also have a restriced vent
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Sounds like you have a restriced line. Try plunging the toilet or have it rodded. You may also have a restriced vent
Tried plunging and it didn't work so well. And if the vent was restricted, would I see drainage issues in the other toilets/sinks in the house?

My guess is a line issue. I am going to borrow a snake from my bro-in-law and try that.
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