07:54AM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 02/10/04
4 lifetime posts
I'm a new homeowner and have never seen this problem before.....I have a rarely used guest-room toilet that has begun to act strangely. (have lived in house 4 monts and it did NOT do this initially-began when the weather started getting cold)

1) When flushed, the water drains from the bowl, then it stops draining and fills up partially, it then 'finishes' flushing and drains normally before refilling.

2) During the partial bowl refill and when 'finished' flushing, the water in the bowl initially has frothy bubbles on top, as though there is air being incorporated...but they disappear in the time it takes the tank to fill.

Things I've checked:
> lifted the tank lid during flush to ensure water tube is in pipe
> ensured 'flap' is up completely during flush and closes during refill
> when toilet not used for period of time, water does not drain/leak from bowl down sewer line
> as an aside...after reading other posts I thought perhaps an occasional sewer gas odor in the living room might be a sewer venting problem, which might in turn be the problem with the toilet flushing? I don't know where either toilet vents-attic or roof...will check to see if blocked.

Anyone more experienced than this newbie have
any words of wisdom?
P.S. The other toilet flushes fine; the sewer line (I assume that's what it is) in the crawlspace form a 'Y' where the two join and proceed underground to drain into what I'm guessing is the main sewer line. No leaks noticed.

plumber Tom

03:50PM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
What's the make of the toilet? Some flappers have a styrofoam float (American Standard is one)that allow only half the water in the tank to empty. Try replacing the flapper to see if this helps. A good flapper (Corky name brand) Is about $4.00. If that doesn't help post back and we'll try to figure it out.


07:34AM | 02/12/04
Member Since: 02/10/04
4 lifetime posts
Weeellll...I'm not where I can check the make at this moment, but....I do know, from watching that the tank empties almost completely with each flush...i.e. it's not a water-saver brand. The float is black plastic if that helps.

Thanks for the quick reply and hopefully a resolutiong. )

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