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    Default toilet won't flush

    We have a toilet that will not flush. We have had 3 plumbers come out and it still does not flush. One said the new toilet may have had a deformity so we replaced the new toilet. One plumber said he thinks the pipe between the house and the septic tank has colasped. We had a snake run inside and out from the roof. It seems to us it may be a venting problem since it flushed better when the wax ring was worn out and it was getting air around the bottom of the toilet. Now you have to flush it 3 or 4 times to finally get the bowl empty. The shower and the sink are all tied in to the same pipe and they have no drainage problems. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: toilet won't flush

    Tina,

    To start the diagnosis without calling in a plumber with a camera that can be sent down the line.......$$$$......I would suggest you remove the toilet from the floor and then try rapidly pouring a 5 gallon bucket of water down the pipe.

    If it takes that without problem, then you likely have a venting problem since the odds of having mounted two defective toilets is remote.

    If it doesn't take the all water without backing up, then you likely have some manner of obstruction in the line or a problem with your septic tank or drainfields. How long since the tank was pumped? How old are the drainfields?

    Is this toilet on the ground floor, second floor or in the basement?

    If the problem is not related to the septic tank being full or failed/exhausted drainfields, then you might have a collapsed line to the tank or some other manner of obstruction. This possible other obstruction could be located prior to where the shower and sink line connect up and consequently doesn't effect their drainage at all.

    Or if the obstruction is actually downstream of where everything is connected, the obstruction could be large enough to significantly impede the rapid flow from the toilet and yet not complete enough to obstruct the drainage from the shower or sink since the flow from these is far less.

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    Default Re: toilet won't flush

    ****hiller,
    Thanks for the info. It is a one story house(Florida, no basement)and we fortunately have 2 other bathrooms that flush fine but are closer to the septic tank. We had a new septic tank and drain field put in when we bought the house 4 years ago. That one toilet has always been a problem. Unfortunately this problem bathroom is our guest bathroom so it is still important. I guess we will have to try the 5 gallon bucket trick and see how that goes. Any other suggestions are welcome.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: toilet won't flush

    Tina,

    Okay......now I'm just plain curious/suspicious. <G>

    Why did you install a new septic and drainfield when you bought the place? Related to this particular problem, perhaps?

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    Default Re: toilet won't flush

    ****hiller,
    The whole septic tank system was having trouble and the old concrete septic tank made on site collasped when we had it pumped out. We replaced it with a plastic tank and had a new drain field put in all at the same time.

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