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 having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: ashleyp (Non-US)

a few weeks ago, we were faced with a clogged toilet. we plunged it a little bit, and everything seemed to be fine. a little while later the same thing happened again. we plunged it, and it went back to normal.
now lately, it seems that anytime someone takes a poo, the toilet is clogged and the water rises much too high. i spent about 20 minutes this morning plunging the toilet because of this.
my question is, do i have to get a snake to get rid of this mysterious clog that will obviously not go away on its own? i am certain the clog has been created due to people using paper towel instead of toilet paper a little while ago when we were all out of toilet paper.
also, i have read about using boiling water and soap. will this work as well?

thanks in advance!

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: bernabeu (SC)

purchase a 'toilet auger' and follow the directions

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: hj

Using boiling water might get rid of the problem, because it would crack the toilet and you would have to get a new one. There can be several reasons for your problem, but a "big" snake may not be the cure for it.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: packy

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: bernabeu (SC)

:) RIGHT ON LINK :)

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: shacko (MD)

>>> i am certain the clog has been created due to people using paper towel instead of toilet paper a little while ago when we were all out of toilet paper<<<

That would be my idea also, those paper towels probably have become a ball down inside your drain pipe, a toilet auger isn't going to fix it, you need the toilet pulled and a snake run down the pipe.

PEE,POO AND TOILET PAPER ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT SHOULD BE PUT IN YOUR TOILET!!

"If all else fails, read the directions"

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: Wheelchair

Hi Ashley,
You have learned a very valuable lesson about toilets and plumbing. Plunging a toilet doesn't resolve serious issues. Plunging merely pushes the blockage further into the waste line. Yes, I know that common waster and paper towel should glide thru your waste pipes.... but it doesn't and you just proved it again... to the world. I really don't think a toilet auger will serve you best at this time and using boiling water in your toilet will SHOCK the china and crack your toilet. I've actually heard of toilets exploding from boiling waters. ALSO, and this is very important too, DO NOT USE CHEMICALS, they cost money and are useless and possibly harmful to the health of your family.

You have learned your lesson. Now call a licensed plumber who is both trained and certified to correct and clear your waste line. In the end, you will have peace of mind and a toilet that will work as design.
Best Wishes

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: dlh (TX)

my vote is for something being lodged in there and every now and then it turns just right to allow the toilet to actually flush. might just be time to pull it and wrestle with it in the yard

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: jerco (MD)

I agree with dlh. It's most likely a pen/pencil or a comb that catches solids but will let liquids pass by until more solids are flushed. Pull the toilet, turn it over and you will find the culprit.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: hj

I had two 1.6 gpf toilets last week which COULD NOT be cleared with the closet auger. One, which I will be replacing today, has a terrible design with two small right angle turns, and the other, a power flush, has "baffles" in the back of the trap which makes spaces too small for a drop head auger to go through it.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: hj

Some chemicals can act just like hot water and crack the toilet. I once had a toilet that cracked in two right at the water line after chemicals were used in it. I lifted the top section with the tank and seat right off of it.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: hj

Many years ago, a customer had a toilet which acted like that. I could not see anything inside it to cause the problem so I fished a piece of rope through the toilet and put a 1/2" elbow in the center of it then tried to pull the elbow through the toilet. It would not go and seemed to be catching on something. After numerous "beatings" of the elbow against the object, it came out. It was a metal can of camphor, shaped like a snuff can, and it was completely riddled with rust and holes so it had be in there for a long, long time.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: dcplumber (CA)

What about the toy soldiers, combs, compacts, small plastic containers, pagers, cell phones, eyeglasses etc.. that make their way into the toilet...I've pulled out sweat pants once out of a 4" clean out...someone worked awfully hard to get those down the line...have your toilet augered out by a pro and be done with it.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

I wont tell you guys some of the stuff I've found, but last week, it was a 23 1/2 foot piece of re-bar.

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: dlh (TX)

"but last week, it was a 23 1/2 foot piece of re-bar"

now how in the world did they get that into a toilet since the toilet isnt nearly that big and has an s-trap?

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: redmadness (MI)

This happened to us a few years back, (when the kids were smaller) but we used the little plastic cups to rinse with after brushing teeth and one of the kids had dropped one in the toilet instead of plucking it out they decided flushing would be a good idea, NOT the cup would turn every so often and plug the toilet no amount of plunging would fix, the cup cracked and made the situation a little better but eventually toilet had to be removed and there it was right in there by the wax ring, was hard to believe so much trouble from a plastic cup.
Good luck!

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: dcplumber (CA)

Sometimes just when you think you may have it cleared, it happens again and again...almost like there was a flapper inside the w.c. There has been a couple of ocassions over the years when you just cannot get a hold of the obstruction and you really have no choice but to replace it entirely. I go by the theory "Corpus Delicti" nothing pulled out or pushed down the w.c. the problem will persist. Those darn little GI Joes and such like it down there!

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 Re: having to plunge toilet after every use
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

DLH, I wasn't thinking.

I found it in the service out to the street.
Rental house, up & down.

From what we can surmise is that at some point a downstairs tenant had a back up.
Cleared it using the rebar, and found he couldn't pull it back.
I wound up breaking the cement

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