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Old 08-16-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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House was built in 1941, I'm guessing the toilets are original.

At first they just flushed very slowly, clogged, I unclogged with Drano. But now I'm at the point where it is totally clogged.

I bought a big and small auger. I hit a point where I feel the auger line is folding over itself. I pull it back and start grinding on what I think is the clog. I AM GETTING NOWHERE! I'm about to rip these toilets off and start new. But I'd like to avoid the expenses!

Any suggestions? I can upload detailed pics.

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-ps the toilets are full of sh*t, this sux (i wear a respirator)
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Are any other drains that are close to the floor (shower, tub, floor drain) also backing up? Can you take a 5 gallon bucket, pour it into the toilet, and get a proper flush? If other drains are backing up, time to call a rooter company. Call around, don't get ripped off by book pricing or any other BS. If the bucket down the toilet goes down OK, the jets on the toilets are plugged and you're better off replacing the ancient things. If it's still backing up and an auger won't go thru, take em off, go in the front yard and clear them from the back with the auger or garden hose. And before you put them back really consider replacing them anyways
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The way you explained everything as plural "toilets", "they", sounds like you have a bigger problem than a clogged toilet. There's most likely a blockage in the main. You need to determine that before anything else. Don't try the bucket of water if they are already full.

How is the house laid out? Upstairs, downstairs, basement, etc.?

Is there water coming up anywhere else? Floor drain, shower, tub?

If this is just one toilet you're talking about:

As the_man said, don't mess around with trying to run an auger through from the top. You could cause a bigger problem. Take the entire water closet off the floor, take it outside, then run your auger from the bottom up. Flush it out with a garden hose, then reset it with a new wax ring. If you can afford to replace the toilet(s) do it.
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Are any other drains that are close to the floor (shower, tub, floor drain) also backing up? Can you take a 5 gallon bucket, pour it into the toilet, and get a proper flush? If other drains are backing up, time to call a rooter company. Call around, don't get ripped off by book pricing or any other BS. If the bucket down the toilet goes down OK, the jets on the toilets are plugged and you're better off replacing the ancient things. If it's still backing up and an auger won't go thru, take em off, go in the front yard and clear them from the back with the auger or garden hose. And before you put them back really consider replacing them anyways
No other drains are clogged or slow.
No, the toilets do not flush.

So I'll just take off the toilets, figure out the clog from there, install new toilets.
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No other drains are clogged or slow.
No, the toilets do not flush.

So I'll just take off the toilets, figure out the clog from there, install new toilets.
A shop vac will help. Suck the tank and the bowl dry before you remove the toilets.

Still curious why plural, "toilets". More than one simultaneously typically indicates a different problem. Any gurgling or movement in the toilets when you run water elsewhere?
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I'm guessing thy're back to back and the auger is coming up the other side
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How far did the snake go down before it got stuck?
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No gurgling

The snake went down 3ft.
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You could remove one of the toilets and then put a bigger snake down.

Do you make any progress if you leave the toilets there for the time being, use your existing snake but as soon as it hits an obstruction, apply less pressure, but keep grinding away down there?

What floor (second, basement, etc.)
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