06:09AM | 02/01/06
Member Since: 01/31/06
3 lifetime posts
Hello, I'm new to these boards..I'm really hoping someone can help - I've been on the internet for weeks trying to solve this, and we can't necessarily afford a plumber.

My husband and I just bought a new home - it's only 3 years old.

The toilet in our main bath on the 2nd floor won't drain. We've used a plunger, and an auger (a 'snake') and it still won't drain. We never use this bathroom..and it wasn't until a guest used it did we realized there was a problem. We have no kids, and neither did the previous owner, so there's no chance of an unknown toy being stuck...

We've jiggled the handled, and held down the handle, and it just won't drain! I don't understand what could be the problem...the toilet on the 1st floor, and the toilet in the master bedroom both work fine.

Any suggestions! I don't know what to do!

Thanks in advance.


06:44AM | 02/01/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Just because they did not have any kids does not mean that there is not toys dropped into it. Visiting grands kits, nieces/newphews, etc.

But it could also be adults - dropped pencil, sunglass, toothbrush, etc.

But there could other problems such a defectlively made toilet.

But you said that it did not "drain".

EXACTLY what happens? Does it overflow? Does it stay as high as the rim unless you bail it out? Or is it slow draining? Is there any bubbling or gurgling?


07:29AM | 02/01/06
Member Since: 01/31/06
3 lifetime posts
Sigh, you're right...I suppose ANYTHING could be in there that I'm not aware of.

Well, it hasn't overflowed or anything. You flush, then it sloooowly twirls around and ALMOSTS overflows. Toilet paper doesn't go down at all, and has to be scooped out (yuck!).

It does continue to drain a 'little' bit, but not enough to drain all the water in the bowl.

Also, I should mention (sorry) that every 4th or 5th flush it will work totally normal. And then bam! Back to it's old tricks.

Thanks for your qwick reply, by the way!


12:33PM | 02/01/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Get a 5 gallon bucket and pour the water down the bowl and see if it flushes properly (VORTEX) if so then lift the tank cover and check the water level in relation to the fill line.

THEN you can try filling the tank 1" (inch) below the over flow tube HOLD the handle down with the cover up and look at the flushing action.

If the tank over flows you have a partical stoppage IF it flows perfectly then you need to adjust the flapper (tank bulb) OR tell folks to hold the handle down longer.

Ta dummmmmmmmmmmm


05:29PM | 02/01/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Sounds like something is blocking the flow, most likely in the toilet, but could be in the line.

You need to pull the toilet and check it from both ends.


12:25PM | 02/02/06
Member Since: 01/31/06
3 lifetime posts
Ugh! So not what I wanted to hear! Sigh, well I guess we have a weekend project coming up....

Thank you!


Post a reply as Anonymous

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


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

If you are interested in more about fans and air conditioning, consider: How To: Install a Ceiling Fan How To: Choos... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... 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... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon