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    Default Toilets won't flush completely

    We have an older toilet in the bedroom bath that has for several months not flushed completely. We have a new toilet put in 2 years ago that was working fine but in the last week or so is having the same problem.

    My wife says we need the septic tanks cleaned but I don't think so. All other drains work fine, the sinks, the showers, the bathtub. I don't want to spend $400 and dig up the yard if that's not the problem.

    I tried plunging and it didn't help. The water doesn't back up it just doesn't flush the tp out.

    I asked my neighbor and he said to check the holes under the rim where the water comes out. So this morning I did on the new one. It only had about 6 holes at the front. I stuck my finger in one and some blue goo came out. It looks like some of my wife's blue stuff she puts in the toilet was stuck in a hole. Nothing came out of the other holes. I put some toilet paper in and it seemed to flush better.

    Do you think that's the problem? Do you think there's a bunch of blue toilet stuff stuck in the rim preventing full water flow?

    She uses this in both toilets all the time. Thx for any info

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    That is one way to ruin a toilet bowl.

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    Thx. I'll tell her. So I guess i'll stick a small pipe brush in the holes as far as I can and let the rest just wash out over time? Any better way to fix it?

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    Get a shop vac wet/dry and suck that smurf crap out of the tank right now.
    If you are lucky it will eventually flush out and the toilet will work again.

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    Thx for the advice. I'll do it tonight when I get home. Sounds like I saved alot of work and $400 dollars for pumping out the septic tanks.

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    Get a shop vac wet/dry and suck that smurf crap out of the tank right now.
    Make sure the exhaust isn't pointed at anything that would look bad if it gets stained blue.

    If I have to ruin a shop vac on a customers blue goo, they buy me a new one.

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    WE can think anything we want to, but that does not mean we can tell what the problem is with the toilets. A plugged drain WILL affect the toilets first even if everything else works properly.

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