07:46AM | 10/12/05
Member Since: 09/23/05
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4 months ago i purchased a new one story home near Palm Springs, ca (warm climate). It was a model home for approx 3 years & used as a sales office. when i move in, i noticed that one toilet had a different flusing mechanism than the other. the toilets are "Gerber" 1.6 gpt and 6.0 lpt and approx 15 yards apart "as the crow flies". there is a dishwasher, washer & dryer in the home. the home is on a city sewer system. the tank water is clear. i have not checked for bubbles in the toilet bowl when flushing or draining other devices. on the average weekend, it seems on the second or third day, one of the toilets will not flush, but rise to the rim of the bowl. this can happen in either toilet. this is with or without any substances in the bowl. my plummer has adjusted both, and replaced one valve inside one tank. once when i had this problem, i ran the water in the tub right next to the toilet, all of a sudden the water in the toilet dropped like a rock from the sky. these are my novice observations. please can anyone give me some help in solving this problem.


01:07PM | 10/12/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
As I understand it the problem is not in the toilets, but you have a "blockage".

Sometimes stuff can get caught the bend in a toilet that a auger won't take out because it can pass beside it. You only find it when you take out the toilet.

But if you have too different ones with similar problems then it would more likely being the drain/vent system.

(Although being a model home it is hard to tell what was put down them).

The first thing that I have checked is the vent pipe. They are sealed with a test plug and sometimes they forget to remove them.

But since this is a "new" home I would have the builder out to fix this.


07:10AM | 10/13/05
Member Since: 09/23/05
5 lifetime posts
Billhart has indicated my problem may be in the "vent pipe test plug". where exactly do you find this plug? Is it in the wall covered by dry wall?

Thanks for your help


08:34PM | 10/13/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
The vent for the sewer drain system goes throug the roof of the house. It will be a stright pipe with no cap on it.

Depending on the design of the house and where plumbing is located it might have more than one.

Also it some parts of the house might be served by an air admitance valve instead of a roof vent. If so that valve should be accessable.

You really should have the builder take care of this as it is a "new" house.

erik peterson

07:18PM | 10/14/05
Member Since: 06/23/03
224 lifetime posts
Dont bother considering the "air-admittance valve" they are non-code in most counties in California, including s/bernar and riverside counties.....unlikely to be a "vent" problem. Most likely a problem with that particular toilet.....


11:23AM | 10/15/05
Member Since: 09/23/05
5 lifetime posts
My proplem with the toilets (Plural) is both of them do the same thing at different times.I go there on Friday evening, and seem to never have a problem till Sunday. Some weekends its one toilet, and another both toilets. I never have a back up with any sink or shower. Also, washer and dryer work fine along with the dish washer.

One time when one toilet was backed up to the rim of the bowl, I ran the bath tub next to it,,,,and all of a sudden,,,,the water in the toilet dropped like a rock,,,,,,can anyone help,,,,,,thanks to all


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