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    It happens all the time.

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    AS has had spotty QC over the recent times, and no, this is not all that uncommon from the comments here.
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    Finally made time to try the food coloring in the bowl - let it sit for 8 hours, then pulled toilet. No visible wicking of color to the underside of the toilet. No cracks that I can see, no signs of moisture under the bowl. What in the world is going on? I set the toilet again hoping something had changed, but same problem - bowl nearly empties after about 30 seconds...help!

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    The bowl could be defective and leaking directly down the drain.
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    Default Toilet Bown Drains Slowly After Flush My Story

    Thanks TerryLove for this forum...

    The water in my toilet bowl drops very slowly minutes after a flush has been completed.

    Here IS what happened to me and this is no theory. I wanted to mention this here because this is the first place that pops up for a search of "water drains from toilet bowl."


    So, last night no problem. This morning the bowl fills and just kind of slowly drains. Took maybe 30 seconds.

    The plunger wouldn't work because the water kept draining. The hosepipe I stuck up the old spout ran and ran and no help.

    I suspected right off that there was a clog, but I kept at it. Finally I went outside. There it was.

    What happened was that it was clogged. But, unbeknown to my humble self, all that water was flushing outside the bathroom wall through the vent pipe. (Which just happens to be a pipe sticking out which is connected to the flue thingy from time to time. This time it wasn't. So, when I'd flush, run water, whatever, it was just going outside. Dittos the water in the bowl. I don't know how it siphoned out, but it did.

    The fix was to get my handy plumber snake and do some shoving. Luckily it is a straight through shot from the vent pipe through the trap and on out to the sewer. I shoved awhile and then blessed resistance! YES!

    Back inside I flushed and it was perfect. I did it like 5 more times.

    The moral to this story is that if you own one of these new short flushing water saving miracle toilets like me, you MUST HOLD that handle down to MAKE SURE ALL the water moves the load on down the system and out. If you don't, and it hangs mid way, like happened to me, there is probably no help for it outside of the old roto rooter treatment.

    Of course, if the up pipe had been connected to the vent pipe, the bowl would have just filled up and maybe the plunger would have worked. But as happens sometimes it was the perfect poo poo storm.

    When your toilet is draining out like mine, consider a clog. Try the simple things first. There is always time to tear out your bathroom if need be.

    How'd you like my handle, btw???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToiletDrain View Post
    Thanks TerryLove for this forum...

    The water in my toilet bowl drops very slowly minutes after a flush has been completed.

    Here IS what happened to me and this is no theory. I wanted to mention this here because this is the first place that pops up for a search of "water drains from toilet bowl."


    So, last night no problem. This morning the bowl fills and just kind of slowly drains. Took maybe 30 seconds.

    The plunger wouldn't work because the water kept draining. The hosepipe I stuck up the old spout ran and ran and no help.

    I suspected right off that there was a clog, but I kept at it. Finally I went outside. There it was.

    What happened was that it was clogged. But, unbeknown to my humble self, all that water was flushing outside the bathroom wall through the vent pipe. (Which just happens to be a pipe sticking out which is connected to the flue thingy from time to time. This time it wasn't. So, when I'd flush, run water, whatever, it was just going outside. Dittos the water in the bowl. I don't know how it siphoned out, but it did.

    The fix was to get my handy plumber snake and do some shoving. Luckily it is a straight through shot from the vent pipe through the trap and on out to the sewer. I shoved awhile and then blessed resistance! YES!

    Back inside I flushed and it was perfect. I did it like 5 more times.

    The moral to this story is that if you own one of these new short flushing water saving miracle toilets like me, you MUST HOLD that handle down to MAKE SURE ALL the water moves the load on down the system and out. If you don't, and it hangs mid way, like happened to me, there is probably no help for it outside of the old roto rooter treatment.

    Of course, if the up pipe had been connected to the vent pipe, the bowl would have just filled up and maybe the plunger would have worked. But as happens sometimes it was the perfect poo poo storm.

    When your toilet is draining out like mine, consider a clog. Try the simple things first. There is always time to tear out your bathroom if need be.

    How'd you like my handle, btw???
    Your handle is very unique and original
    I am definitely not a pro plumber, but I am a pro crastinator

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    Good story of how you fixed your clog. I have to say, though, that the consensus on here is that the waste does not and need not roll all the way to the street on one flush. It is generally not recommended that you turn your 1.6gpf toilet into a 3.5gpf toilet by holding the handle down until the toilet tank drains completely. Using the shower, washing dishes, flushing urine -- all of these will move the solids along any properly-functioning waste pipe.

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