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    Here is what happens when a toilet is not flushed. The toilet was thrown away; the trapway had filled with salt deposits from the urine and had quit working well. Below the bowl, the drain was also filling with salt deposits.



    Salt caking around the drain, all because the bowl wasn't being flushed often enough.

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    Might be a good thread to reshow the picture of the bottom of the drain pipe eaten away by uric acid...toilets are designed to be flushed after use...trying to save some water can be problematic - I'm sure the plumber to resolve this was MUCH more costly than a little bit of extra water (and maybe sewer costs) over the years.
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    I don't know how they can stand the stench of an unflushed toilet or urinal. It is disgusting. At work we have to keep putting up signs reminding people to flush. Some tree hugger that wants to save water and electricity keeps taking down the signs and turning off the exhaust fan and light.

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    Over what period of time did that take place? I thought in areas where has been a water shortage, the motto was "Mellow yellow, brown, flush it down".
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    We had installed a new toilet that a few years ago. Rather then bother cleaning it all out, they replaced it.
    And Jim, I should add the picture of the pipe I replaced that had been eaten through too.


    A copper toilet drain pipe.
    What happens when you pee in your toilet at night, and you don't flush.
    This copper pipe was from a six gallon toilet. When you don't flush, it doesn't matter how many gallons the tank is.

    Copper can desolve over time.
    Last edited by Terry; 11-17-2012 at 06:34 PM.

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    This might be a situation caused by the 1.28/1.6gpf toilets. I don't flush every time all day and night for the past eight years but that was with a 56 year old toilet. I just replaced it and it was spotless at the flange. I may have to rethink about doing the same with this 1.6gpf.
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