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Old 03-06-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Two toilets slow flush / two are fine?


Yes, a house with 4 bathrooms! How lucky (but with a family of 8, you need it)! Anyhow, I have two toilets that flush very slowly (on the same floor of the house (raised ranch upper floor), the bowls almost fill to the top, but eventually do end up draining (in about a minute or two). However, we have an additional toilet on the same floor that flushes fine and a second toilet on the lower floor that flushes fine as well.

With the two problem toilets, I have plunged, snaked, and also removed them from their floor mounts and snaked the drain with a 25' snake with no resistance when put in and no water visible in the floor piping. Any thoughts?

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Are they on differant vents?
Ever notice gurgling noises coming from the sinks or tub when the toilets flushed?

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I am not sure....being a total DIY "idiot", are those the pipes that come out of the roof? I have not heard any gurgling from tub or sinks when flushed.
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http://visual.merriam-webster.com/ho...ing-system.php

Take a straw and stick it in a glass of water, put your finger over the top of the straw and lift it, the water will lift with it. Remove your finger and the water drops.
If the vents pluged the falling water will create a suction and make noises.
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are the toilets next to each other or different sides of house and other toilets also what kind of snake are you using a small sink snake or large snake
did they both start doing this at same time
do the sink and tub/shower drain slower than normal
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@ Joe - Thanks for the visual. I will have to look to see how many of these are in my roof (I am sure there is more than one).

@ Jay - the bathrooms with the issues are about 20' apart from each other. The ones that work are downstairs and on the other side of the house.

@ Any - How would I go about clearing out the roof vents?
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if other fixtures in bathroom are working without gurgling i doubt it is a vent issue plus in theory and in some plumbing code jurisdictions a toilet does not need vented and will work fine with out one
how about other 3 questions i asked
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ooops..didn't mean to ignore...
both started about the same time..within a couple days. Sink and tub drain fine. I used both a standard 3' toilet snake, and then a 25; "spring" style auger (end similar to the standard toilet auger).
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my suspicion is that something has been flushed down both toilets that should not have.
with my family 8 th child on way and oldest under 9 a lot has went done the twirling white toy but the thing the seems to do the most havoc is baby wipes they get snagged on something and every thing goes down slow after that until i can free it up most of the time it is in the toilet though some one else might have another suggestion but mine is to try toilet auger a few more times if that does not work might have to bite the bullet and call a plumber with access to snake camera

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