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Old 12-20-2017, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Since this is the chat forum, I need to get some help I've been having for a long time and am a bit ashamed I have not resolved it yet. Living in denial and it's not a river.

I moved into this newly built low-income apartment building a little over six years ago. For the entire time I have been here my toilet does not flush as it should. I have not done anything to keep it a "secret". I've told management, the owners, my neighbors, etc. Once in a while a maintenance guy (there have been some doozies here) that "checked it out"........ poured some kind of fluid down it, ran a "snake" down it, more recently another gadget was tried. None of these have resolved the problem at all. Sometimes I've gotten attitude because I am complaining about it.

The problem is when liquid is put in the toilet, it works 99.9% of the time. But put something solid in it? Different story. Most of the time when solids are in there, it won't flush all the way, "stuff" get stuck and I have to use a stick to make it more flushable. Then I get the Clorox out to clean the stick, pour in the toilet, etc.

A friend recommended I call the board of health as this could be considered a serious health problem.

I've more recently been told a plumber is called but have to wait till they can come (at Christmas time could be a wait). Then wait to see if whatever the plumber does works. If not, then and only then, I'll get one of those pressurized toilets. And since it has already been six years, when can I expect something to be done.

Anyone care to offer a suggestion?

Thank you for any help you can offer.

 
Old 12-20-2017, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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How about posting this in the house forum and ask those peeps there? Lots of tradesmen and some have answered some of my house problems. I have a new Major/minor flush toilet which saves on water. Maybe you need a new one too? I hate toilets.
 
Old 12-20-2017, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Originally Posted by AZgarden View Post
How about posting this in the house forum and ask those peeps there? Lots of tradesmen and some have answered some of my house problems. I have a new Major/minor flush toilet which saves on water. Maybe you need a new one too? I hate toilets.

I hate toilets, too, but unfortunately I need one.

Wasn't sure where to post this; I looked in the place you suggested and didn't see where to put it. I guess a new thread could work.

Thank you.
 
Old 12-20-2017, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Baking soda & boiling water helps. My old apartment was like that also at times. I would put in a 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda & tea kettle of boiling water did the trick. Sometimes 2 pots of boiling water.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 07:42 AM
 
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Baking soda & boiling water helps. My old apartment was like that also at times. I would put in a 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda & tea kettle of boiling water did the trick. Sometimes 2 pots of boiling water.
I use baking soda and vinegar to keep the sink/tub drains clean.
But I don't think that would work on toilets.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I use baking soda and vinegar to keep the sink/tub drains clean.
But I don't think that would work on toilets.
It always worked for me, as long as I added the boiling water.

I also use baking soda & vinegar for sinks to keep them clean.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 08:39 AM
 
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Originally Posted by NYgal1542 View Post
Since this is the chat forum, I need to get some help I've been having for a long time and am a bit ashamed I have not resolved it yet. Living in denial and it's not a river.

I moved into this newly built low-income apartment building a little over six years ago. For the entire time I have been here my toilet does not flush as it should. I have not done anything to keep it a "secret". I've told management, the owners, my neighbors, etc. Once in a while a maintenance guy (there have been some doozies here) that "checked it out"........ poured some kind of fluid down it, ran a "snake" down it, more recently another gadget was tried. None of these have resolved the problem at all. Sometimes I've gotten attitude because I am complaining about it.

The problem is when liquid is put in the toilet, it works 99.9% of the time. But put something solid in it? Different story. Most of the time when solids are in there, it won't flush all the way, "stuff" get stuck and I have to use a stick to make it more flushable. Then I get the Clorox out to clean the stick, pour in the toilet, etc.

A friend recommended I call the board of health as this could be considered a serious health problem.

I've more recently been told a plumber is called but have to wait till they can come (at Christmas time could be a wait). Then wait to see if whatever the plumber does works. If not, then and only then, I'll get one of those pressurized toilets. And since it has already been six years, when can I expect something to be done.

Anyone care to offer a suggestion?

Thank you for any help you can offer.
Are you on the bottom floor or upper?

If upper, the problem might be somewhere below you - maybe ask the person living below you if they have issues? If that is your situation.

Sounds like they need a real plumber to tackle the job.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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NYgal: Just start a new thread in the House forum.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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To all who have given me ideas, thank you.

The vinegar/baking soda idea does NOT work on toilets. At least not on mine.

AZgarden, so full of suggestions.

Thank you.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Well, NY, I WANT your toilet to flush properly for Christmas !!!! LOL
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