View Full Version : Toilet has me stumped

05-04-2007, 07:08 PM
I'll try and make this short. American Standard - 4.5 years old.
Problem seemed to get gradually worse over time.

MBR (first floor) toilet will not flush. Water rises in bowl, some swirling, but will not "swallow" anything.
- I've snaked the bowl. I've removed the bowl and flushed with water outside. Nothing found.
- I've replace everthing in the tank. Tank drains in 3 to 4 seconds into the bowl. That's about what my others do in the house. (3 other toilets in home are normal, two upstairs, one on first floor).
- I've snaked the exhaust vent on the roof 25' (two story home on crawlspace). That's as long as my snake is. Nothing found.
- I've cleaned out all the small holes under the rim of the bowl with a paper-clip. Didn't find anything there either.
- The 4" pipe under the bowl looked like it was installed yesterday, clean and no standing water as far as I could see (about 3 feet straight down). Did not snake this pipe as I think if there was a blockage here the water would back up.

I'm at a total loss on why this toilet will not flush. Any help would be appreicated.


05-04-2007, 07:34 PM
Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and pour it in the bowl as fast as you can. If it goes down like normal then you know it is not the drain.

05-04-2007, 07:38 PM
Thanks. I'll try that.

05-06-2007, 09:36 AM
You could try switching it with a toilet in a different bathroom...this takes work, but it will tell you pipes or toilet unit. You could have a bad casting which means you need to replace the toilet.

05-06-2007, 02:58 PM
I did that yesterday. I placed the unworking toilet into another bathroom it worked normally. It's not the toilet. I placed a working toilet into the MBR bath, and it's doing the same thing; water rising but not flushing. Has to be the pipes I guess. I snaked the 4" pipe 25' and found nothing. I went into the crawlspace and found no leaks or anything out of the ordinary. I give up. Time to call in a Plumber I guess.

05-06-2007, 08:29 PM
What size cutter head did you use on the snake?

Did 25' get it outside the foundation of the house?

05-07-2007, 11:14 AM
Does it have a vent going up thru the roof?