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Chemist1961 12-22-2008 11:30 AM

Toilet plunging
I have installed several Kohler 6l low flush toilets and had no problems excpet on the main floor. I frequently experience blockage and believe something is stuck down line past or at the Y connecting from the top floor which is about 3' down line. After several bouts of plunging and snaking recently while painting I removed the toilet, ran a golf ball through it and found nothing. I have used a heavy snake on a crank handle and a have 20' auger drill version as well but am thinking its time to cut into the ABS at the trunk line. 6' past the y is a second branch to the main drain pipe. Any tips before I proceed with surgery?

Termite 12-22-2008 02:02 PM

The blockage or lack of flow could be caused by a number of things.
  • Too many bends or sharp bends in the pipe
  • Incorrectly set gasketed wax ring can create an obstruction
  • Insufficient downward flow of the pipe
  • Excessive downward flow of the pipe (rare)
  • Insufficient water from the water-saving toilet to get the solids downstream.
Might want to have a plumber run a camera down the pipe before cutting into it, or rent the camera yourself. That might help you from doing unnecessary destructive means to find the problem.

Chemist1961 12-22-2008 03:01 PM

Toilet Plunging
Thanks but been through that checklist already and have installed a lot of similar smaller pipe correctly in other homes so I know about the elbows. Very certian the blockage is occuring past the toilet and gasket as it does not overflow.

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