COMMUNITY FORUM

malone423

07:49PM | 10/23/05
Member Since: 10/22/05
5 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have a new house with two Gerber toilets (1.6 gpf/6.0 lpf, 17"). Intermittently, it does not flush completely. It needs a plunger to clear the lines. Also, the water level appears to be low from time to time. I've never had a problem like this before. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

RayVinZant

11:51AM | 10/27/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
This problem could be related to the tank or the trap. In a new 1.6 gallon toilet, the bowl has 1.6 gallons and the tank has 1.6 gallons. When you flush the toilet, you are replacing the bowl water with the tank water. If the bowl doesn't re-fill completely every time you flush, you will have to expend part of the tank water to fill the bowl to its apex before it will flush. This will cause the toilet to have a weak flush or it won't flush. The bowl is refilled by the 1/4" tube that extends from the top of the float valve to the center pipe in the tank called the overflow. If it has no water flowing through the tube or the tube is not in the overflow, the bowl will not refill after a flush.

If the flapper doesn't stay up long enough, you won't have enough water leaving the tank to the bowl. Sometimes flappers close too soon because they are water logged.

If something has gotten down past the flapper into the rim of the toilet where the water begins the flushing action, the water will not enter the toilet with enough speed to create a flush. I have seen pieces of toilet tank cleaner inside the rim.

If the tank doesn't fill to within 1 inch of the top of the overflow tube, it will not have enough water in it to flush the toilet properly. The level of water can be adjusted to increase the volume by raising the float.

If the trap of the toilet is not glazed, then scum can build up on the inside of the trap and make it block up more often. In addition paper products can catch on the rough surface and begin to catch other items.

If the vent on the roof is blocked or partially blocked, the toilet will not flush properly. The key is, for every gallon of water you put into the toilet you have to move a gallon of air. If the air has no place to go, the toilet will not flush right. I have seen everything from a birds nest to a dead rat blocking the main vent of a house.

Believe it or not, a toilet is a very delicately balanced item. Since they have switched to 1.6 gallon toilets, they have had to strike a very thin line between flushing and water conservation.

Good Luck.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2