05:08PM | 02/14/06
Member Since: 02/13/06
1 lifetime posts
The problem i'm having is that when i flush my toilet all that it does is fill to the top with water{never overflowing},then it slowly drains out,this problem just started

Jim D

10:27PM | 02/14/06
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Phoneman377 - hi, the likely cause is your vent is plugged (from snow, leaves, bird nest, etc.). I'll assume you don't have anyone in the house who's dropped something non-flushable into the toilet and tried to flush it anyway...

If you just got a good helping of snow like we did in Northern Maryland, your vent that exits the house through the roof may have become clogged. You'll need to get up onto the roof and check the vent. It's typically a straight pipe coming through the roof, not far from where your bathroom is located, and doesn't have any type of cap or screening over it; you'll also probably be able to smell some sewer gas coming from it. (If it was totally blocked, I think you'd see problems with sinks and bathtubs/showers.) I've used a plumber's snake to clear these vent pipes before when I've experienced the problem you've described. (I'm not a plumber...just a DIYer who's learned by doing and by talking with others...)

Post back and let us know if this works, or what else you find. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


06:07AM | 02/15/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
Me office1
You have a partial stoppage, either in the bowl itself or further down stream


11:53AM | 04/18/10
Member Since: 04/17/10
1 lifetime posts
Jim D./West Point, VA,

That IS my problem. I'm a first time homeowner in my mid fifties. I know that I need to get up there and unclog the vent and I don't expect a real problem finding it. But, dumb question: where does the vent go? How many feet of snake do I need? It won't empty into my crawl space will it? Really need to resolve this as the sewer gas is getting very tiring in my bathroom. I have Siberian Elms outside that I'm sure have dropped enough leaves to clog it up. Ms. Bobbi


03:03PM | 04/19/10
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
Me office1
I would NOT use a snake to unclog a vent terminal and there are times one should call a professional, this is one of those times.

Your vent may be a stack vent or a vent stack
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon