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Luvgolf
Plugged toilet
Luvgolf

I have a plugged toilet drain. Used a toilet auger twice. Hit some resistance and appeared to break it. { I thought**. The only way it will flush is if you plunge it, even just using water. And still it flushes weakly. Toilets are simple but I'm baffled. Any thoughts or suggestions?

ed21
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ed21

Probably time to remove the toilet and snake the drain directly and inspect the toilet to make sure something like a plastic toy isn't blocking it. Be sure to use a new wax ring when reinstalling.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

There is likely something stuck in the neck of the toilet. Time to pull the toilet and turn it upside down in the yard and back wash it with the garden hose or toilet whip.

dj1
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dj1

Doing what ed and spruce suggest may look like a lot of work, but it's much better than shoving whatever is causing the stoppage further down the drain line...

A rule to remember: only toilet tissue (and human waste of course) allowed down the toilet. Follow this rule and you will never have a problem with your toilet.

keith3267
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keith3267

Sometimes the toilet drain has a 90 degree elbow right below the floor. This is typical on slabs and second floor bathrooms. It can even be found on conventional foundations on the first floor, but that would be rare.

If you have hard water, an older low flow toilet, and this elbow, each time you flush, a little solid waste will be left behind, the hard water will calcify the waste, turning it into a rock. Years of this eventually builds up a rock that effectively blocks the flow from the toilet.

You will have to remove the toilet and remove the rock. This alone should give you many years of trouble free service. If you replace the toilet with an updated low flow toilet with a high flush performance rating, you will get even more years, but eventually it will have to be done again. Replumbing the drain is often not an option as the expense would be very high.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

Some models of terlits have a constriction right before the fluids exit the bottom of the terlit. No idea why someone would design that.....

67drake
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67drake

Plastic toy? LOL,been there...
A few years back I had a similar issue. I would clear the toilet and it would just re-plug again after a flush or two. I pulled the toilet only to find one of my kids had flushed a rubber ducky! It was caught in that restriction that Houston Remodeler wrote of. I was relieved that I didn't push it into the main line with the auger,that would have been a real headache!

dj1
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dj1

A horror toilet story:

This past summer a tenant vacated a house I own, and one of the toilets did not drain. I took it out to the yard, flushed it, and out came 2 straws and a bunch of coins, a lot of coins - real money!

I guess some tenants put their savings in the toilet...

Don't ask what happened to the coins.

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