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    Jan 5, 2009, 04:06 PM
    Paper Won't Go Down First Time
    One of my toiets seems reluctant to take down a simple piece of toilet paper after my daughter pees. Why is that? It seems to flush strongly and not back up at all. Then again, it did overflow one day last week, which is why I'm asking. I plunger it and it seems fine, but still refuses to flush down even four sheets of toilet paper some times.
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    Jan 5, 2009, 04:15 PM

    Are you sure your daughter has only been putting toilet paper down the toilet? Mine does this too and It has never been a problem. If it is one small sheet of toilet paper then it is defying gravity mainly.
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    Jan 5, 2009, 04:22 PM
    Are you on a septic system? Is it rainy where you are right now? This happens to my lower bathroom every winter during the rainy season.
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    Jan 5, 2009, 08:41 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by J_9 View Post
    Are you on a septic system? Is it rainy where you are right now? This happens to my lower bathroom every winter during the rainy season.
    No septic. Maybe it's magic paper.
    Ken
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    Jan 6, 2009, 07:20 AM
    I have one that most repair plumbers miss.. Look down at the bottom of the bowl. If there is a small hole, then that is a jet that starts the syphon action. If it's clogged the water will just swirl around and slowly go down leaving solids behind. Take your finger,(UGH! ) and run it around the inside of the opening. Over the years minerals build up and cut down on the syphon (flush) action. If it is rough or you feel build up, take a table knife and put a bend in it to get around the curve in the bowl and chip and scrap it clear. Next take a coathanger and clear out the holes around the rim. They start the swirling action. And last, check the water level in the tank. It should be 1/2" below the top of the over flow tube. And speaking of the overflow tube, Make sure the small 1/8" tube from the ballcock to the white overflow tube is connected so it discharges in it and that it's flowing when the ballcock fills. This is what raises the water level in the bowl. For a good solid flush they all have to work together. Hope this helps and thank you for rating my reply.. Tom
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    Jan 6, 2009, 08:43 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by speedball1 View Post
    I have one that most repair plumbers miss.. Look down at the bottom of the bowl. If there is a small hole, then that is a jet that starts the syphon action. If it's clogged the water will just swirl around and slowly go down leaving solids behind. Take your finger,(UGH!!) and run it around the inside of the opening. Over the years minerals build up and cut down on the syphon (flush) action. If it is rough or you feel build up, take a table knife and put a bend in it to get around the curve in the bowl and chip and scrap it clear. Next take a coathanger and clear out the holes around the rim. They start the swirling action. And last, check the water level in the tank. It should be 1/2" below the top of the over flow tube. And speaking of the overflow tube, Make sure the small 1/8" tube from the ballcock to the white overflow tube is connected so it discharges in it and that it's flowing when the ballcock fills. This is what raises the water level in the bowl. For a good solid flush they all have to work together. Hope this helps and thank you for rating my reply.. Tom
    Thanks... off to get dirty.
    Ken


    Tom;

    Yer my hero of the day. Just finished and it's like a new toilet. Thanks again.
    Ken
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    Jan 7, 2009, 04:18 AM
    Glad you got all fixed upo Ken. If we can ever be of service in the future we're as close as a click. Regards, Tom

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